Deep Winter

        by Garry Gay and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Frogpond 17:3, Autumn 1994. Written 9 August 1992 in Foster City, California. This was the first rengay ever written (Garry invented the rengay form the night before).


deep winter

shriveled on a branch

unpicked apple                                                                 Garry


        grey sleet

        blows against the tree roots                               Michael


muffled by the storm

in this monochrome world

distant goat bell                                                                Garry


a clock ticking

by the frosted window

steaming muffins                                                             Michael


        at midnight

        counting each chime                                              Garry


storm clouds pass . . .

moonlight through lace curtains

falls on the cat’s back                                                     Michael