Racha Renku

Written at Racha Noodles & Thai Cuisine restaurant in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, 4 August 2011, during the Haiku North America conference. Published in PDF form on the Haiku North America website blog, 5 August 2011.



borrowed handkerchief

blowing out her cold

Seattle summer                                                                Katharine Grubb Hawkinson


            the ferry’s wake

            sparkles with sunlight                                        Michael Dylan Welch


breaking the stone

to find

the fossil snail                                                                    Melissa Allen


            up her leg

            slowly, slowly                                                        Carlos Colón


he becomes

white with anguish

the painter                                                                         Marilyn Hazelton


            fruit bats

            fading crescent moon                                        Garry Gay


one firefly

and it too

has left me                                                                         Garry Gay


            breathing in the dust

            of dad’s pickup truck                                          Katharine Grubb Hawkinson


drifting snow—

a misspelling

in the church sign                                                             Michael Dylan Welch


            a single cloud

            a baby points at the sky                                    Melissa Allen


all night

the sound of the coqui

spring love                                                                          Carlos Colón


            the orchid unfolds

            its wings and fangs                                              Marilyn Hazelton