Northern Ireland Haibun #1

A few of you have asked for details of my trip. Well, my articles are written, but here’s the stuff no one wants—just poets.

Here’s a definition: “A haibun is a terse, relatively short prose poem, usually including both lightly humorous and more serious elements. A haibun usually ends with a haiku.”


What will I eat in Northern Ireland? My daughter says, Potatoes, and I do eat potatoes, every day, sometimes two or three in a meal. Each menu offers several side dishes of potatoes. Even when I order Indian curry, it comes with potatoes. Potatoes fried, mashed, grilled, with garlic, hash-browned, potato farl, potato champ, apple-potato bread.

No one offers us a single Guinness the entire week.

starfruit and mango

white fruit with black seeds —

breakfast in Belfast


  1. pastordt says

    Keep ’em comin’, Megan. This is a form I’ve never heard of – I like it! Farl? Champ? I spent 2 weeks there twelve years ago and never saw either of those words on a menu!

  2. Well, here’s something new to try.

    I went to a harp festival a couple years back, and while there I bought the warmest sweatshirt. It had a harp on the front and was all lined with harps. I didn’t know it was a beer sweatshirt. 🙂 Later I read a book called The Search for God and Guinness. So. Interesting.

  3. So, what you are saying is, a haibun ends with a haiku… and if you’re in Ireland, it’s likey smeared in ‘taters too?

    (gotta a lot of catching up to do around here)

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I like this haibun. Happy Mother’s Day, my friend.

  5. Getting caught up too. Prose, poetry, haiku–whatever it takes to learn more about your lovely trip.

    Just wish I had a pint of Guinness to keep me company while reading 🙂