Returning

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Alice Frampton

 

First prize winner in the 2008 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest. First published in Mariposa #20, Spring–Summer 2009 (need to confirm page number). Written at the China Capital restaurant in Belfair, Washington on 13 July 2008.

 

 

a roll of linoleum

on the side porch—

the scent of rain                                                           Michael

 

        in dry cement

        the neighbor’s initials                                          Alice

 

the coffee table

moved back

over the carpet stain                                                    Michael

 

cold entry tile—

the UPS man

puts on his jacket                                                         Alice

 

        the children’s throw rug

        now in the trash                                                   Michael

 

returning soldier—

leaves pressed

under the welcome mat                                               Alice