by Jeff Witkin and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Jeff Witkins book, The Duck’s Wake (Potomac, Maryland: privately published, 1996), and then published in Frogpond XIX:1, May 1996, page 37. You can read a PDF version of The Duck’s Wake, including this rengay, on the Haiku Foundation website. Written 31 March to 20 April 1995, via email between Potomac, Maryland and Foster City, California.




touching the wind-worn name

of her son                                                                           Jeff


        wafted by the breeze . . .

        sprinkler spray                                                          Michael


a prayer in the rain

and then another

blossom from the plum                                                Jeff


a rusted bucket

by the groundskeeper’s shed

. . . a passing cloud                                                           Michael


        pollen fills a rift

        in the gravestone                                                     Jeff


birdsong fades

into the cherry’s scent . . .

she reaches for my hand                                              Michael