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. Also published in Amelia FieldenConversations in TankaPort Adelaide, Australia: Ginninderra Press, 2014, page 111. 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