Branches

         by Alice Frampton, Michael Dylan Welch, and Richard R. Powell

 

First published in Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola (Gabriola, British Columbia: Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2011). See my introduction to the book.

 

 

arbutus ashes—

mother in her sun hat

blinks back tears                                                                               Alice

 

            my boy too small

            to hug the whole maple                                                    Michael

 

pine beetles—

my brother adjusts

to his new sky                                                                                   Richard

 

            our sister’s confession

            behind the willow                                                                Alice

 

back porch—

the alder shade

has reached dad’s argument                                                      Michael

 

            nana’s maiden name missing

            from the family tree                                                           Richard

 

 

Written 20 July 2008 at White Hart Pub, Gabriola Island, British Columbia.