One day in 1983…

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.

The remains of the Crown Hotel, Warrenpoint.

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!)

Images used with permission from The Old Warrenpoint Forum (


About seaviewwarrenpoint

I am a writer, poetry facilitator and artist from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. My blog is Twitter @MarionSClarke
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3 Responses to One day in 1983…

  1. haikutec says:

    It is an awesome haibun, and the photographs hint at what it might have been like too.

    Alan Summers
    Call of the Page

  2. Neena Singh says:

    Very gripping haibun dear Marion. The ending came as a big shock, You are a brilliant haijin & poet, i am honoured to know you dear friend.

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