Starlings Rush

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Terry Ann Carter

Honourable mention in the 2013 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest. First published in Mariposa #31, Autumn–Winter 2014, page 30. Written while waiting for and then riding on the ferry from Gabriola Island to Nanaimo, British Columbia, on 23 July 2012.

       starlings rush
from the coast madrone                                               Michael

        sun through clouds
        the pine’s overhang                                               Terry Ann

clear blue sky—
a boy loses his balance
on the driftwood spruce                                               Michael

our paddles at rest
in the cedar-dappled cove—
gathering mist                                                                   Terry Ann

        a little rain
        in the bonsai cypress                                              Michael

storm warning—
swirling arbutus leaves
in the seaside café                                                          Terry Ann