High Score

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Tanya McDonald

First published in our book, Seven Suns / Seven Moons (Seattle, Washington: NeoPoiesis Press, 2016), pages 42–43. Originally written 17 April 2009 aboard the Walla Walla ferry between Edmonds and Kingston, Washington. See also “Torpedo,” which was written simultaneously, and our kasen renku, 
“Up,” plus the bookafterword.

seven suns
the economy
of childhood                                                                              Michael

        seven suns
        the vending machine jammed                                          Tanya

counting them all
more than seven suns
in the dragonfly’s eye                                                               Michael

reflecting on the necklace
of the Puget Sound mermaid
seven suns                                                                               Tanya

        all that jazz
        and seven suns                                                                Michael

seven suns
the high score on the arcade game
is my phone number                                                                Tanya