Off-Piste

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Alan S. Bridges

First published in Haiku Canada Review 13:1, February 2019, page 57. Originally written in January of 2018. Some day we hope to go skiing together.

fresh powder—
my skis covered
on the ski rack                                                               Michael

        the mountain unfolds
        on a trail map                                                        Alan

first tracks
through old moguls . . .
bluing sky                                                                      Michael

off-piste—
I work my way through
Engelmann spruce                                                         Alan

        cannon fire
        in the avalanche chute                                          Michael

hanging on the wall
of the base lodge . . .
my first skis                                                                   Alan