Northern Ireland Haibun #3

Another haibun commenting on my trip. To learn what a haibun is, go back and read my previous post


Aoife said, “We all have our Blackberrys, and we use them to check email and to text, but the Americans, they’re all …” and she hunched over her smartphone, twiddled her thumbs to demonstrate how app-happy we all are. Our New Yorkers, constantly on their phones, texted each other secret messages about other people in the group, answered emails from the office, amused themselves with game apps. I kept my iPhone in airplane mode the whole trip. Hardly used it for five days.

with only a pencil

and an empty 2004 Texas Poetry Calendar

I record my trip


  1. Beautiful photo, I would love to see Ireland some day. I couldn’t use my phone in England recently and it was a gift not to be distracted by it. I too, had a pen and notebook to record my thoughts and what others said. Thanks for visiting me Megan.

  2. I love that you left your iPhone on airplane mode – that was wisdom!

  3. refreshing

  4. I’m thinking I like this haibun form.

  5. S. Etole says

    Wisdom in your choice!

  6. pastordt says

    And that is why, you, dear Megan, are the smart one in that bunch. Ireland – or any place of beauty – should be enjoyed without peering down into an LED screen. Our recent trip required me to bring a cell phone (one i specially purchased really cheaply) as my mom requires a daily phone check-in from me in her increasing anxiety and disability. But I was glad not to have my ‘real’ phone honking at me that I had yet another email message.

    But I will hasten to add that I paid to have internet coverage for about 4 nights so that I could at least make a stab at reading a few blogs and a few emails. I did not do any writing, other than a couple of comments and FB updates. It’s hard to let go of this techno stuff once we’ve become dependent upon it, and I am learning how addictive my personality truly is. I posted a link to a great NYT article on our ever-increasing dependence on ‘connection’ rather than ‘conversation.’ Check it out.
    And I will admit that I need to learn from this, too. Sigh.

  7. Yup. Wisdom in your choice. Wonder in the beauty you found and share — without texting :)!

  8. I was just thinking about what I needed to do to maintain service while in Switzerland this summer while on pilgrimage. What is wrong with me?

  9. I also like this haibun form … It flows, and then ebbs. Leaves just the right amount of slack. We are so wired to be wired. It is literally addictive, the experts are now saying.

  10. I am wondering how I can get my hands on that poetry calendar :).

  11. Haibon. Hunh. Who knew?

    You probably guess that I resonate well with this post of yours – after having spent my Sunday afternoon wandering the vineyard…

  12. I’m enjoying your haibun series. I’ll have to try one soon. But I also have to find out what “haiku” really means.

    My husband and I have never owned cell phones. It’s been really nice. 🙂 I bet a lot of us can learn a thing or two from Aoife.

    • One of my friends who enters a lot of haiku competitions, says it’s the shortest, most complicated form there is. I don’t pretend to do it right, but it sure is useful!