High Note

The following poem won first honorable mention in the 2017 Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards, sponsored by The Heron’s Nest. The judge was Sandra Simpson, who wrote the following commentary. First published on The Heron’s Nest website, summer 2017, and also published in the printed anthology, The Heron’s Nest, #19, 2017, page 10. This poem is also the title poem in my 2021 “Carousel” trifold, available for viewing or download.

by Sandra Simpson

        dappled sun—

        the carousel stops

        on a high note

                Michael Dylan Welch

                Sammamish, Washington

An appealing main image—who doesn’t like riding a carousel whether they’re seven or seventy-seven? And so nice to read a haiku full of hope and optimism! Subtle use of the seasonal reference and a lingering musical note in the air also commend this to me. Charming.