Claire McAllister with blue thistles, Patrick Swift, 1950-51 (Dublin), Signed, Inscribed, oil on canvas; 76 x 61 cm
The Blue Thistle
The blue thistle,
The prickly thorn,
Adorn the windy days forlorn.
The soldier flower that affronts
The wind that cuts, the rain that scorns,
For sake of all the seeds unborn.
Rising above all that is green,
A blue and prickly flower keen
To see the fertile sun forsworn...