Stages 1

A tan-renga collaboration by Michael Dylan Welch and Amelia Fielden. Written 18 July 2011 on the ferry from Sidney, British Columbia to Anacortes, Washington. First published in Red Lights 8:2, June 2012, page 35. Also published in Amelia FieldenConversations in TankaPort Adelaide, Australia: Ginninderra Press, 2014, page 112. See “Four Tan-Renga Sets” for additional tan-renga in this series.



empty crib—

new baby clothes

neatly folded                                                                                    Michael


            some days definitely

            longer than others                                                              Amelia



long after dark

dad still finds

the dent in his car                                                                            Michael


            more lawn mowing,

            less pocket-money                                                               Amelia



no, I tell myself,

it’s not really

a grey hair                                                                                          Michael


            sunlight flickering

            through the mirror                                                               Amelia



forgetting where I put them

the pills to help me

improve my memory                                                                       Michael


            never too old to dream

            I sign up for the choir                                                          Amelia