Through the Year 2

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 34. See “Four Tan-Renga Sets” for additional tan-renga in this series.

 

 

departure day—

a snapdragon falls

to the old kitchen table—                                                            Michael

 

            all the other vases

            packed in bubble wrap                                                      Amelia

 

 

the spinnaker

red and full

her lips                                                                                              Michael

 

            the scent and taste

            of sea-salt                                                                             Amelia

 

 

fading light—

a seed pod rattles

in the baby’s hand                                                                           Michael

 

            clutching at straws

            I repeat his words to myself                                              Amelia

 

 

starting to melt

my daughter’s snow angel

inside mine                                                                                       Michael

 

            last year’s ski suit

            a tad too tight                                                                      Amelia