haiga by Marion Clarke

beachcombing the detritus of us

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  1. Alan Summers Says:

    beachcombing the detritus of us


    Love the painting and how I can zoom into the brushstrokes!

    Although 'beach combing' is for 'detritus' this really works, and I can imagine this happening away from an actual beach. I hope it's not the end of a relationship, or is because of your family tragedy?

    Are you planning to exhibit this at a future date?


    a periwinkle rotates
    deeper into itself

    Alan Summers
    Shamrock, Irish Haiku Society (Spring 2007); 3Lights: Promenade: haiku beside the seaside (2008)
    Anthology credits:
    Haiku Friends Vol. 3 ed. Masaharu Hirata (Japan 2009)
    Shamrock Haiku Journal: 2007 – 2011 ed. Anatoly Kudryavitsky (December 2011 ISBN-10: 1470938308 ISBN-13: 978-1470938307

    BHS Glass art project (forthcoming)

  2. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Hi Alan, thank you for your kind words. This is a detail from my painting 'Carlingford Lough and Warrenpoint in Summer.' I posted a photograph of the early stages of this piece while painting outdoors a few years ago and someone spotted on my Facebook page. She asked if she could come to my house to see it and it now resides in her house. :)

    This is really an ekphrastic haiku I guess, as it was inspired by the artwork. I was obviously in a melancholic mood that day because it isn't based on a particular event, which is unusual for my writing.

    Love your beachcombing haiku.


  3. Alan Summers Says:

    I love the buildings, both on the right, and in the far distance top centre! I wonder if it is sub-consciously biographical? It's very powerful!

  4. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    So you've seen the full painting, Alan! I was trying to find a digital copy on my laptop but couldn't (although my framer has a scanned copy to make prints, so I'm not panicking :) ) My childhood home on Seaview is among the buildings on the right that you mention and the village of Omeath, across the border up the middle of the lough is in the Republic of Ireland, is in the far distance.

    I think you are right and this probably is sub-consciously biographical. Sometimes I write things and don't really want to know where they came from, if that makes any sense.

    (BTW There is a filtered version of the full painting to create a different haiga in Issue 17 of Failed Haiku selected by Lori A Minor and Chase Gagnon earlier this year. It's also quite dark, so…)

  5. Alan Summers Says:

    Glad your framer has a high resolution digital copy. Yes, I saw the full painting on the internet, and liked that we can imagine about the distant buildings.

    It's common for good writers to get into some kind of zone where they are not aware they are writing, or what they are writing about. We wake out of the day dream and despite still holding the pen, or keyboard, cannot believe it was us.

  6. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Long may it happen! :)

  7. Alan Summers Says:

    I rarely get writer's or writers' block and have enough tricks up my sleeve regarding that, thank goodness! :-)

  8. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Same here, Alan. I have facilitated a few creative writing workshops so have quite a bit of ‘stuff’ in my literary toolbox. :)

  9. Alan Summers Says:

    It's surprising how often it can happen, or a close relative of severe self-doubt, where a writing group can either help/assist or be part of the problem.
    As my home base is getting more and more up together it's becoming a safe and friendly refuge for anyone either doubting their own work, or wishing to take the next step.

  10. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Ah, now self doubt is an entirely different beast. That I do suffer from, in both my writing and painting – and it’s usually warranted lol I’m never satisfied, which I think it goes with the territory.

    blank canvas
    I prepare myself
    all over again

  11. Alan Summers Says:

    I guess so, but related in some way, as you can look at a blank page and have no self-belief, and be blocked. Healthy self-doubt can be used, as it's sometimes a mistake to think first draft is final draft. ;-)

    writer's block
    I take another
    kitchen knife

    Being never satisfied is great! It's what drives me on with my work, even after 25 years, and it's an exciting process. :-)

  12. debbiemstrange Says:

    Wonderful work, Marion!

  13. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Thank you so much, Debbie! ?


  14. martin1223 Says:

    winter beach
    my footprints disappear

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