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