Cornstalk Twisting

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Lenard D. Moore

 

First prize winner in the 2000 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest. Written on 8 July 1999 at the Haiku North America conference at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. First published in Frogpond 33:2, Spring/Summer, 2010, page 44.

 

 

Memorial Day—

rows of gravestone flags

waving out of rhythm                                                    Michael

 

        dusty field

        cornstalk leaves twisting                                      Lenard

 

sailboat

on the billboard

peeled off by the wind                                                  Michael

 

collection day

a bag drifting

over the campus chapel                                                Lenard

 

        fan on high

        the professor’s papers scatter                           Michael

 

the neighbor’s house

shingles strewn

where it used to be                                                        Lenard