Spiked Punch

         by Michael Dylan Welch, David Ash, Christine Nelson,
         Joy Hendrickson, Vicki McCullough, and Merilyn Peruniak

Written 17 May 2009 at Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the close
of the Haiku Canada weekend at the University of British Columbia. First published in Frogpond 33:2, Spring/Summer, 2010, page 45.

seventh-inning stretch
the proposal again
on the Jumbotron                                                                          Michael

            rehearsal dinner toast
            his father forgets her name                                              David

murmurs from the matrons
the bride enters
eight months gone                                                                        Christine

            the ringbearer
            drops the ring                                                                    Joy

children drink spiked punch
while adults do
the chicken dance                                                                         Vicki

            in lipstick on the limo
            JUST MARRED                                                                   Merilyn