Rocking Chair

        by Ruth Yarrow, Michael Dylan Welch, and Emiko Miyashita

First published in Mariposa 37, Autumn–Winter 2017, page 30. Winner of an honourable mention in the 2016 Haiku Poets of Northern California Rengay Contest, judged by Tanya McDonald. Originally written on 14 October 2008 at Café Flora in Seattle, Washington.


the rocking chair’s
rhythmic squeak—
the baby finally burps                                                                   Ruth

         the museum chair
         with missing wickerwork                                                     Michael

the chair he sits in
talking about torture—
his face shaded                                                                            Emiko

         from a deep armchair
         grandma struggles to stand                                                Ruth

our highchair
boxed back up—
endless rain                                                                                 Michael

        a telephone cord stretched
        to the love seat                                                                   Emiko