Category Archive: Poetry

Sherkin Island is all a flutter

It’s raining Haiku Sherkin’s lanes awash with words Little drops of joy by Patsy Atkinson, Light Between Seasons – A year of Haiku poetry from Sherkin Island Sherkin Island is all a flutter…with… Continue reading

Together Apart – Haiku from a locked down Sherkin Island

A city dweller Honeysuckled by nature Sherkin’s lanes await Haiku by Patsy Atkinson I was on the national airwaves this morning, chatting to Damien O’ Reilly on RTE’s Countrywide programme about a beautiful… Continue reading

Bright Water

He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water Whose ripples travel from the heart of the sea, He has married me with a ring of light, the glitter Broadcast… Continue reading


Weeping She will be gone in a heartbeat. Silk has turned to crêpe, and all the day long her weary head is bowed, as dry-eyed tears fill her lonely wait. Her only company… Continue reading

Cloths of heaven

Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven  by W. B. Yeats Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of… Continue reading

Blackberry picking

This post is a tribute to the late Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet, playwright, translator, lecturer and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, who died this morning after a short illness.… Continue reading

By the shore

Trá Bán, Sherkin Island, Cork. © wildsherkin I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I… Continue reading

A wild horse sleeps

A wild horse sleeps in a green and silent lane, dreaming of wind swept sands and white-capped waves and the thunder, ripped asunder rhythm of hooves drumming on the shore. Medusa’s glance has… Continue reading

The wind from the west

If winter comes, can spring be far behind? A lone onion seed-head still stands in the little island bed, despite Sherkin’s prevailing westerly winds. As our garden lies to the west of the island, with the open Atlantic… Continue reading

Hello beautiful

Below you will find ‘The Lost Heifer’ by Austin Clarke.  This lovely poem came to mind as I was taking this picture, although this is no lost heifer – just a beautiful blond bullock having a great… Continue reading