Empty Hammock

      by Michael Dylan Welch and John Thompson


First published in Hammerhorn Lake (Foster City, California: Press Here, 1995) by Garry Gay, John Thompson, and Michael Dylan Welch. Written 3–4 September 1994 on a camping trip at Hammerhorn Lake, California.     +



starry night—

the empty hammock

between the pines                                                         Michael


        the names of lovers

        scarred in the tree                                                   John


early frost—

the unpainted chair

on the summer-house deck                                        Michael


wisps of fog—

around the lake twice

a whistling of wings                                                         John


        down the dark road

        calling for her dog                                                    Michael


in the fire ring

charred photographs—

a blue jay’s screech                                                         John