Friday, April 8, 2016

Butterfly Dream: Harbour Sunset Haiku by Marion Clarke

English Original

harbour sunset
a flash of silver
in their nets

Marion Clarke

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

A member of the Irish Haiku Society, Marion Clarke is a writer and artist from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland. She was winner of the Financial Times ‘Poet in the City’ haiku/senryu competition 2015 and runner up in the IHS International Haiku Competition the same year. In 2013 Marion’s haiku was shortlisted for a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems and in summer 2012 she received a Sakura award in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival contest. A selection of her haiku featured in the first national collection of haiku from Ireland, Bamboo Dreams, edited by Anatoly Kudryavitsky. Marion’s poetry and artwork can be found at


  1. Generically speaking, Marion's visually stunning poem is an ekphrastic haiku inspired by Norman J. McCaig's "Fishermen at Sundown." And structurally speaking, her haiku is a good example of effectively utilizing Harold Gould Henderson's "principle of internal comparison." (the colors of sunset vs flash of silver). This comparison not only suggests a mood, but also gives a clear-cut picture which serves as a starting point for trains of thought and emotion.

    On the second reading, the image of a flash of "sliver" in their "nets" carries emotional and metaphoric significance.

  2. Thank you for featuring my haiku, Chen-ou.

    Yes, it was the colour that I found drew me into this painting and, although the viewer cannot see any nets, I like to think that these fishermen have been blessed with a good catch that will fetch a decent price at market - hence the 'flash of silver' in their nets.

  3. Such a good haiku, and well explicated, Chen-ou.
    I always learn more when reading NES posts.

    Marion, thanks for your explanation of the subtle reference to the silver in their pockets upon selling the catch at market. I missed that, in my read.
    Jan Benson.

  4. Thank you for commenting, Jan. It's probably because I see fishing boats on the lough or in the harbour practically every day that the value of a catch comes to mind immediately. :)