Weighing In

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Sonja Arntzen

First prize winner in the 2015 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest. First published in Mariposa #35, Autumn/Winter 2016, page 27. Written in the Poetry Yurt on Gabriola Island, British Columbia on 21 July 2013.


summer trip—
no scale
on the island map                                                                            Michael

        scaling the hill
        he skins his knee                                                                      Sonja

scales of justice—
my uncle’s brass rubbing
framed in his office                                                                         Michael

snake scales
transparent on my palm . . .
the discard                                                                                          Sonja

        my son practicing
        a minor scale                                                                              Michael

in the scale model
of our new home
his infinite care                                                                                 Sonja