This haibun I wrote in recent months appeared in the November issue of the online journal ‘Failed Haiku’. I don’t often write about life during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, but this particular day came to mind when I was trying to come up with an autobiographical subject.
Edited by Mike Rehling, Failed Haiku is a journal dedicated to the short poetry form senryu. This particular issue was guest-edited by renowned poet Roberta Beary and featured her selection of submitted haibun—prose combined with haiku, senryu or tanka. I was very honoured that Roberta decided to include this one of mine. (Some poetic licence has been used, but the events of the day are very real. I was fortunate that I was never caught bunking school, and it occurred a lot less than the haibun suggests!)