Getting There

      by John Stevenson and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Mariposa #36, Summer 2017, page 17. Originally written 13 October 2011 on the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island in Washington State, on our way to the Seabeck Haiku Getaway.


a crowded ferry
regular passengers
in their seats                                                                                     John

        mopeds parked
        at the aquarium                                                                        Michael

our sleeper car
has a shower closet
and a line                                                                                          John

the off-duty bus
splashes us
as it passes                                                                                       Michael

        the cab driver’s
        third divorce                                                                              John

heading home . . .
the wing de-iced
all over again                                                                                    Michael