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



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