Down

        by Alice Frampton, Vicki McCullough, and Michael Dylan Welch
 
First published in Haiku Canada Review 2:1, February 2008, page 38. Written 20 May 2005 (my birthday), on the road between Cranbrook, British Columbia and Pincher Creek, Alberta, on our way to the annual Haiku Canada weekend held that year at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Instead of writing by alternating entire verses in the prescribed pattern, this three-person rengay alternates the authorship of individual lines, making each verse a truly collaborative creation.

 

 
first steps—                                                                     Alice

the dog’s wagging tail                                                   Vicki

downs the toddler                                                         Michael

 

        the Mickey Mouse cup                                         Vicki

        leaves a white ring                                                 Alice

 

stains on the high chair                                                Michael

in the second-hand store—                                         Alice

rain at the window                                                        Vicki

 

a row of swings—                                                          Alice

the Down’s Syndrome child                                         Michael

plays with his shoe                                                        Vicki

 

        toys in the wading pool                                        Michael

        covered with snow                                                Alice

 

a mobile of ponies                                                        Vicki

turns round and round . . .                                          Alice

the argument downstairs                                            Michael