Whispered Stories

      by Garry Gay 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.     +



total darkness

beyond the fire ring

many sounds                                                                     Garry



        the bubbling creek                                                  Michael



searching for wood

nothing but crickets                                                        Garry


points of light

above the pines

—bat squeaks                                                                   Michael


        snoring neighbor

        our camp stories whispered                                Garry


campfire shadows

play on the canvas—

the sound of a zip                                                            Michael