Spring Haiku at Ardcarne Garden Cafe

To kick start the new year and to celebrate all things good that Spring brings, Ardcarne Garden Café recently ran what has become their annual Spring Haiku competition!

Facebook friends of this wonderful café, which is located at Ardcarne Garden Centre just outside Boyle, were invited to write a Spring Haiku. Lunch for two was up for grabs for the lucky winner.

So what is a Haiku I hear you ask? A Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry which is normally written about nature. There are 17 syllables divided into 3 lines set out in a 5-7-5 syllable pattern.

It’s not as complicated as it may sound and the challenge was taken on by quite a few local budding poets (apologies, I couldn’t resist the pun!)

With spring in the air, we thought it would be a nice idea to share some of these Spring inspired Haikus with you.

Birds come home to roost
Light breaks up the dark days run
Springs glow is growing
By Janice Fitzpatrick Simmons

Tremulous birdsong,
Awakening hope in hearts,
Wonderful Nature
By Bernie O’Donnell

Daffodils blooming,
Politicians knock on doors
Election has Sprung
By Deirdre Shanahan

The sun shining
Bees humming sweetly in the wind
Love is in the air.
By Ina Toolan

Spring breathes life anew
To wake the Earth from slumber
Winter melts away
By Jude Gamble

And here’s one by Ardcarne Garden Café’s very own Cliodhna Quinlan

The bees are waking
Through the frost and bitter winds
Golden honey shines.

The winner was chosen based on the number of ‘likes’ their Haiku received and also by votes cast by visitors to the Café. Heartiest congratulations to Croghan’s Deirdre Shanahan whose election inspired Haiku took first place.

Ardcarne Garden Café is gaining quite a reputation for delicious wholesome dishes created with thought and imagination, it is well worth a visit!
Opening Hors: Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm and 12-5pm on Sundays

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