Downtown

      by Michael Dylan Welch, Deborah P Kolodji, and Naia

First published in Haiku Canada Review 13:2, October 2019, page 72. Originally written in November 2010 at the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, Seabeck, Washington.

school crossing
the chalk outline
of the cop’s body                                                         Michael

        black spray paint
        on the stadium exit sign                                      Debbie

bathroom stall
he carves her name
with a switchblade                                                       Naia

        bite marks
        on the bailiff’s pencil                                            Michael

out of ink
before I finish my name
marriage certificate                                                       Debbie

        the plastic surgeon’s Sharpie
        presses into her chest                                           Naia