Pine Needle

by Christine Nelson, DeVar Dahl, Michael Dylan Welch, David Ash, Merilyn Peruniak, Inge Uhlemann, Vicki McCullough, Alice Frampton, Karen Sohne, Jessica Tremblay, Helen Baker, and Marshall Hryciuk

Published in
Haiku Canada Review 3:2, October 2009, pages 43–47. Begun 10:30 p.m., 17 May 2009 at the Haiku Canada weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia, and completed at 2:15 a.m. on 18 May 2009, led by Marshall Hryciuk.

last year’s
pine needles
arced in the new grass                                                   Christine

            earthworms moving
            across the sidewalk                                             DeVar

third date—
my feet suddenly remember
the steps to the dance                                                  Michael

            on the last day of apple-picking
            a cool breeze                                                         David

stars all around
I dip my paddle
in the moon                                                                       Merilyn

            the smell of matsutake
            all through the house                                         Inge

empty rest area—
a rip through the face
of the most-wanted poster                                         Michael

            trying to get closer
            I lend him my sister’s phone                           Lin

a vodka shot
for every girl he bum-grabbed
stale taxi home                                                                 Vicki

            ice-cubes floating
            in my bath tub                                                       Alice

her bridesmaids
stop fanning her
as the veil is pinned                                                        David

            the reading of the will
            in Spanish                                                                Michael

the kitten
with the rosary beads                                                    Karen

            if Gretzky is coming
            we call them “The Firebirds”                           Lin

swine flu
does the bacon taste a little off                                 DeVar

            cleaning out the barn
            seeds in the manure                                          Christine

under the trees
lovers picnic
a haze of forget-me-nots                                             Karen

            at the return of Jessica
            his heart thaws                                                     David

mountain summit
a man-made
water fountain                                                                  Jessica

            40 below zero
            I ignore my scratchy underwear                    Christine

calling mom
to lift the head
of the snowman                                                               Jessica

            a week to Christmas
            icicles dipped in sugar dye                                Michael

thanks for the tip   sweetie                                          Christine

            the taste of strawberries
            on your tongue                                                     Michael

slow-dancing to “Telstar”
the diner lights
spark                                                                                     Vicki

            his sunglasses on and off                                  Jessica

underground river
hell hounds strain
against the light                                                                Vicki

            Woden’s day
            what are we meant to do?                              Karen

upside-down plumber
hanging by his belt
waxing crescent                                                               David

            the imprint of leaves
            in wet cement                                                       Michael

only my face is stiff                                                         Lin

            by the back of his head
            I knew him in Moose Jaw                                 Helen

morning birdsong
passes with the clouds
mist mixed with rain                                                       Marshall

            tadpoles’ legs
            front and back                                                       DeVar

forgetting the combination
to the garden shed . . .
drifting blossoms                                                             Michael

            wheeling three horses
            for the win                                                              Vicki