by Michael Dylan Welch and Ernesto Pangilinan Santiago

First published in the “Hands Across the Water” special issue of The Bamboo Hut in December 2018, page 43. Also available on AmazonOriginally written on 6 June 2011, at the Phoenix Inn in Bend, Oregon.

summer rain—
the marching band
continues to play                                                           Michael

        sweat runs down
        my tuxedo                                                              Ernesto

a pinecone follows
the overturned kayak                                                     Michael

the colors of drinks
along the bar—
visiting in-laws                                                              Ernesto

        the sandcastle’s moat
        filling with the tide                                                Michael

autumn wind—
the taxi splashes
my blind date’s dress                                                     Ernesto