Thump of a Rose

      by Billie Dee, Josh Wikoff, and Michael Dylan Welch

Winner of an honourable mention in the 2009 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest. In commenting on this rengay, judge Billie Wilson wrote that 
“‘Thump of a Rose is haunting and some of the verses are totally stunning. First published in Mariposa, 2010. Written on Facebook, 16–23 May 2009.

a dead friend’s name
on the tip of my tongue                                                  Billie

        hissing, a lava finger
        enters the sea                                                        Josh

rustling aspen
mouse bones
in the barn-owl pellet                                                    Michael

        a locust storm
        above the field corn                                               Billie

spawned out
each stone in the river
lends its voice                                                                Josh

        the thump of a rose
        on the child’s casket                                              Michael