Sunday 19 November 2017

Sensual poem by Roscommon woman wins Poetry Day Ireland and Butlers poetry competition

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A poem about a couple meeting in a cafe has won the 2017 Poetry Day Ireland and Butlers poetry competition.

Jessamine O'Connor from Roscommon won the adult category for her poem 'Meet Me for Coffee' while Geraldine Mitchell from Co Mayo came second for her poem 'Figure of Eight'.

Poets were invited to submit poems that mentioned either chocolate or coffee, or that gave a flavour of a coffeehouse or café.

Four of the winning poets, two adults and two children will have their poems printed on Pocket Poem cards, which will be distributed in all 19 Butlers Chocolate Café branches on Poetry Day Ireland, 27 April 2017.

Jessamine’s first prize also includes a pass for the Butlers Chocolate Experience; a ticket to every poetry event in either the International Literature Festival Dublin (20-28 May 2017), Cúirt International Festival of Literature (23-30 April 2017), or to West Cork Literary Festival (14-21 July 2017); and a 2-year subscription to Poetry Ireland Review.

Seven-year-old Heather Durston from Co Cavan won the children’s category with her poem ‘My Chocolate Box’. Adian Higgins (12) came second for his poem 'Oh Chocolate!'.

On Poetry Day Ireland (27 April) pick up a copy of the winning works on ‘pocket poem cards’ in Butler’s Cafés. Customers who recite a poem when ordering on Poetry Day Ireland will also receive an extra complimentary chocolate!

The winning poems:

Meet Me for Coffee

By Jessamine O Connor


Not a cup of tea, a pint or just ‘meet me’

because I want to wait awkward at a counter beside you

with the steam spluttering, the espresso machine knocking

and our overdressed elbows almost touching.


I want to sit opposite you at a small table

that can never be small enough, absorbing the heat

of your hidden knees and then eyes when I catch you

watching me lick the froth off my lips.


I want us to be both fiddling with our round white cups,

thumbing the holes that make the handles,

intense with conversation while idling our fingers

around and around those curves.


I want to be alone with you in a clamorous place

where no one will notice what’s not being said,

that’s why I say safely, meet me for coffee,

instead of suggesting something else.


Figure of Eight

By Geraldine Mitchell


an unsolicited smile

a complicit look

a bar of chocolate

a good book


a cancelled meeting

an unexpected guest

a burst of music

Sunday rest


My Chocolate Box

Heather Durston, age 7


Why don't Butlers put some locks

On their lovely chocolate box.

My brother tries to steal a sweet

From my special chocolate treat

Butlers chocolate is like boat

Of creamy chocolate down your throat.

The nicest chocolate  you could eat

Is Butlers... for that special treat.


Oh Chocolate!

Aidan Higgins, age 12


Oh Chocolate! Oh Chocolate!

My brownish delight,

Oh how I eat you,

At day and at night.


I take my first bite,

Every day at eleven,

And by the end of the bar,

It's like I'm in heaven.

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