I was really pleased when my haiku, ‘Donegal summer’, was accepted for the first issue of One Hundred Gourds, a new international journal of haiku, haibun, haiga and tanka poetry.
The poem was inspired by great weekends spent in the eighties in a little cottage on Owey Island, just off the west coast of Donegal. The island was deserted at the time and we relied on the spring well for water and gas lamps for light. Although I believe the island has enjoyed a new lease of life in recent years, I think that this may still be the case, but I haven’t been back since 1985/6. I remember the weather was often wet and wild, which of course is not unusual for that remote part of Ireland, but I also recall sizzling hot days out in the boat fishing for lobster, pollock and crab for dinner.
However, even on stormy days, it was hard to beat sitting indoors in front of a blazing turf fire with good friends and great craic – nobody cared what the weather was doing outside! 🙂
Anyway, here is the link to my haiku…
What a great poem – certainly makes me see the appeal of a warm fire!
I want to go live in that cottage now… It sounds wonderful and would suit me down to the ground.
Beautiful poem Seaview..x
Thanks Rosie – it was indeed a wonderful place and I have many happy memories from those days.