by Randy M. Brooks, Michael Dylan Welch, and Brett B. Bodemer
First published in My Neighbor’s Life (Bellevue, Washington: Laughing CyPress, 1999), edited by Kathleen P. Decker. Written 21 November 1998 at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, California, during the Haiku Society of America 30th Anniversary Retreat, commemorated by the book.
St. Francis mission . . .
morning mist fills
the bowl he holds Randy
trailing syrup, the peach rises
on the slotted spoon Brett
a plastic igloo
on the front lawn—
the first star Michael
inside the bell’s darkness Brett
grip the udder
the flow of milk Randy
she turns over my wine glass Michael