Breath Clouds

      by Jocelyn Conway and Michael Dylan Welch


Winner of an honourable mention in the 1998 HPNC rengay contest, under the title of “For a Moment.” Written 2 February 1997, on the road to Bear Valley, California, for a day of skiing. Not previously published.



        thick fog

        at the crossroads—

        twisted oak                                                                Jocelyn


silhouetted against chimney smoke

the neighbour’s weathervane                                   Michael


        distant thunderheads—

        by the monkey bars

        a child’s glove                                                            Jocelyn


        misty field—

        starlings scatter

        at the tractor’s backfire                                          Michael


the hammock gently sways

jet trail from tree to tree                                               Jocelyn


        my breath cloud

        for a moment

        between your cupped fingers                              Michael