Breath Clouds

      A rengay by Jocelyn Conway and Michael Dylan Welch

 

Winner of an honourable mention in the 1998 HPNC rengay contest, under the title of “For a Moment.” Date written needs to be confirmed. Not previously published.

 

 

        thick fog

        at the crossroads—

        twisted oak                                                                Jocelyn

 

silhouetted against chimney smoke

the neighbour’s weathervane                                   Michael

 

        distant thunderheads—

        by the monkey bars

        a child’s glove                                                            Jocelyn

 

        misty field—

        starlings scatter

        at the tractor’s backfire                                         Michael

 

the hammock gently sways

jet trail from tree to tree                                              Jocelyn

 

        my breath cloud

        for a moment

        between your cupped fingers                            Michael