Here and There

      by John Thompson and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Hammerhorn Lake (Foster City, California: Press Here, 1995) by Garry Gay, John Thompson, and Michael Dylan Welch. Written 3–4 September 1994 on a camping trip at Hammerhorn Lake, California.     +



here and there

a glimpse of mountain

in drifting mists                                                                 John


        blue notes

        from the camper’s guitar                                      Michael


ghost stories—

the shifting flames throw shadows

high into the pines                                                          John


twisting her curl,

the girl we met

who won’t tell her name                                              Michael


        lagging behind the pack

        coyote with a limp                                                   John


open shutters—

the room within

without furniture                                                             Michael