by Michael Dylan Welch and Ikuyo Yoshimura
First prize winner in the 2003 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest. First published in Mariposa #10, Spring–Summer 2004, page 24. Written in twenty minutes (one of the fastest rengay I’ve ever written—after all, the train was about to arrive) on 19 October 2002 at the train station in Gifu, Japan, after a rainy day of visiting Gifu tourist sights, including taking a cable car up Mount Kinka to visit Gifu Castle. One of the great pleasures of rengay is how it can commemorate special events or meetings like this, or deepen one's memories of time spent together with a friend.
the blurred view
from the hilltop castle Michael
umbrellas sold out
a shower of cherry blossoms Ikuyo
distant siren . . .
an unexpected drizzle
mists my sunglasses Michael
a dog’s black coat
the little girl’s tantrum Michael
over the meadow
where we used to picnic Ikuyo