Ode to The Ivy Cottage


There is an oasis of tranquillity

In Doolin, County Clare

Where, sitting in the garden

I can smell the Atlantic air.


Far from California

The bustle and the din

This is one of the nicest places

I have ever been.


I speak of “The Ivy Cottage”

A restaurant by the sea

My entire world at this moment

Is as peaceful as it can be.


The food is simply sublime

The staff, pleasant and kind

There’s something very healing here

That soothes my listless mind.


Should I leave? – I’m not sure

Will this moment fade away?

Then, a robin comes to join me

He’s telling me to stay –


And so I order coffee

As the evening light draws near

One thing is for certain

I’ll come back again next year.