by Michael Dylan Welch, Richard R. Powell, and Marilyn Powell


First published in Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola (Gabriola, British Columbia: Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2011). See my introduction to the book.



family reunion—

the baby nods off

in her high chair                                                                                Michael


            touching old gum

            under her desk seat                                                           Richard


eyes squeezed tight

for a final push . . .

birthing chair                                                                                      Marilyn


            the sale tag snipped

            from her new potter’s stool                                            Michael


delayed retirement—

she sinks deeper

in the recliner                                                                                    Richard


            after dessert

            asleep in her wheelchair                                                   Marilyn



Written 20 July 2008 at White Hart Pub, Gabriola Island, and Tim Horton’s, Nanaimo, British Columbia.