First publication of the year on tinywords


This is a monostich (one line haiku) that is very close to my heart. It refers to my youngest sister Niamh’s two-year battle with cancer, which she lost in September.

Even though it is just seven words long, the word ‘prognosis’ caused some debate.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2017.


final prognosis different clouds on the horizon



carlingford lough 002


Detail from my painting of Carlingford Lough from Seaview, Warrenpoint (oil and acrylic)

About seaviewwarrenpoint

I am a writer, poetry facilitator and artist from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. My blog is Twitter @MarionSClarke
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8 Responses to First publication of the year on tinywords

  1. Haunting but beautiful, a simply perfect tribute in my view. Thinking of you…

  2. I don’t know if it was because I have also lost a sister to cancer, but this brought tears to my eyes. As projectwords said: haunting but beautiful, a simply perfect tribute.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  3. a beautiful remembrance.

  4. Patsy says:

    Before I saw your explanation, I interpreted this very differently. I’m not sure it matters if some people misunderstand. If the poem works for the reader in a different way, or gets people thinking and talking then it has achieved something.

    Love the painting.

    • I’m pleased you had a different reaction, Pasty. A haiku is only really finished when the reader draws upon his or her life experience or knowledge to interpret the words of the poet, so it is quite likely that one person will read it differently to another. That’s why I enjoy workshopping haiku – sometimes the readings are surprising.

      Thank you. 🙂


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