Gold Leaf

by Marshall Hryciuk, Michael Dylan Welch, Melanie Noll, Karen Sohne, LeRoy Gorman, Hans Jongman, Pearl Pirie, Christine Nelson, Philomene Kocher, Rich Schnell, Claudia Coutu Radmore, Terry Ann Carter, Merilyn Peruniak, and David Armitage

Published in
Haiku Canada Review 4:1, February 2010, pages 39–42. Begun 10:30 p.m., 17 May 2008 at the Haiku Canada weekend in Ottawa, Ontario, and completed at 1:15 a.m. on 18 May 2008 [Haiku Canada Review mistakenly says 20 May 2008], led by Marshall Hryciuk.

branches in gold leaf
first time from here
the eastern horizon                                                        Marshall

            the old buffalo jump
            reddened with sumac                                        Michael

grandfather’s pipe
resting on my bookshelf
scent of tobacco                                                               Melanie

            film of pollen
            all over the cars                                                    Karen

in a camera
pictures of high water
never developed                                                             LeRoy

            her basket full
            gift of mooncakes                                                Hans

soft rattle
purple vetch
anklets                                                                                 Pearl

            the deer starts
            at the falling pinecone                                       Christine

top down
with “Hotel California” blaring
we miss our turn                                                              Philomene

            three for morning tea
            the steeping of permissions                            Rich

it ends
when he finds out
she’s ten years older                                                      Claudia

            each on a short leash
            they meet in the dog park                               Pearl

outside the Home Depot
a blur of pinwheels—
Canada Day                                                                        Terry Ann

            roots on the rockface
            cloudburst                                                              Hans

down the stream
my paddle                                                                           Michael

            a row of radishes
            before the rest                                                     DeVar

cherry blossoms—
the small birthmark
just over her lip                                                                Terry Ann

            nestlings’ mouths
            open to the sky                                                    LeRoy

50,000 dead
in the Chinese earthquake
we talk of sake                                                                  Michael

            makes no change
            the parking permit machine                            LeRoy

days short as a glance
the phone line
may be down                                                                    Pearl

            blue shadows
            in the snowdrifts                                                  Merilyn

late for work
a sundog
haloes the steeple                                                          Michael

            holding hands
            the father and son                                              Merilyn

evening prayers—
something crawls
over the tent                                                                     DeVar

            the Navaho hataal
            tells about the right rainbow                           Rich

we enter the dark forest
where grasping creatures
hide in shadow                                                                 David

            no trick
            just treats                                                               Merilyn

moon over the field
we sing
until the fire dies                                                              Christine

            teaching my daughter
            itsy bitsy spider                                                     Karen

husband to the cardiologist
“will she still be able
to mow the lawn?”                                                         Claudia

            unnamed lover
            everyone has figured out                                 Pearl

“but dear
we don’t smoke
any more”                                                                           LeRoy

            blazing treasure trail
            with tongue                                                           Pearl

cool canal—
forgotten Birkenstocks
covered with petals                                                        Michael

            now mosquitos
            is this the end?                                                     LeRoy