From Carpe Diem

The following poems and introductory paragraph were published in Carpe Diem: Canadian Anthology of Haiku (Ottawa: Les Éditions David / Nepean, Ontario: Borealis Press, 2008), edited by Francine Chicoine, Terry Ann Carter, and Marco Fraticelli.

Michael Dylan Welch

Michael Dylan Welch is originally British, but moved to Winnipeg as a child. He edits Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem and Press Here haiku and tanka books, and has had his award-winning poetry published in hundreds of journals and anthologies in more than a dozen languages. He now lives near Seattle, Washington.


spring breeze—
the pull of her hand
as we near the pet store

                Woodnotes 19, Winter 1993


Christmas Eve—
bits of a price sticker
stuck to my finger

                The Heron’s Nest 7:3, September 2005


short day—
the manhole cover’s
misaligned stripe

                Mariposa 17, Autumn/Winter 2007


tourists talking
in several languages—
the glassblower exhales

                Fresh Hot Bread, October 2002