Winning poems of Poetry Day Ireland and Butlers Poetry Competition announced

18th April 2017

On Poetry Day Ireland (27 April) pick up a copy of the winning works on ‘pocket poem cards’ in Butler’s Cafés.

Poetry Ireland and Butlers Chocolate Cafés announced today the winners of their 2017 Poetry Day Ireland and Butlers Poetry Competition.

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.

Poetry Ireland and Butlers Chocolate Cafés are delighted to announce that the overall winner of the adult category is Jessamine O Connor from Co. Roscommon for her poem ‘Meet Me for Coffee’. Geraldine Mitchell from Co. Mayo is the runner-up in the adult category for her poem ‘Figure of Eight’.

In addition to having her poem available in Butlers Chocolate Cafés on Poetry Day Ireland, 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 is the children’s category winner for her poem ‘My Chocolate Box’. Heather is from Co. Cavan and she and her family will be able to enjoy a trip to the Butlers Chocolate Experience plus a night in a family room for 4 people, plus breakfast in The Croke Park hotel in Dublin’s City Centre, courtesy of The Doyle Collection.

Children’s category runner up, twelve-year-old Aidan Higgins, will have his poem ‘Oh Chocolate!’ printed on one of the Butlers Pocket Poems and will, along with two more runners up, receive a delicious box of Butlers Chocolates.

The winning poems themselves will be revealed in all 19 Butlers Chocolate Café branches on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 27 April 2017, when customers will be able to select a free Pocket Poem card to take away and cherish. Customers who recite a poem when ordering on Poetry Day Ireland will also be rewarded with an extra complimentary chocolate!

The winning poems:

Meet Me for Coffee
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 
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.