The following is an additional comment on the poem, from Matt Kelly, posted to his Midnight Ramblings blog on 25 January 2012.
“I didn’t choose this haiku as an opposite to the first poem on purpose [a Richard Wright poem also quoted: “Whitecaps on the bay: / A broken signboard banging / In the April wind.”]. The contrast between the first line and the second and third lines are what struck me. Meteors are as fast-paced as it gets and carry a destructive and frenetic connotation. I think the ellipses serves as a transition and perhaps the sensation of the water on the writer’s toes is so intense that it resonates [with] the image of a meteor in his mind.”
The following comment by Michael Kwan is from his “Best Haiku Poems” essay on the Love to Know website, dated 23 April 2018.
meteor shower . . .
a gentle wave
wets our sandals
“While perhaps the best known masters of the haiku form were 18th and 19th century Japanese poets, the form has transcended language with more modern iterations too. This poem by Michael Dylan Welch departs from the standard 5-7-5 pattern to depict the connection between the heavens above and the earth below. It's all connected.
A great deal can be expressed within the tight confines of a three-line haiku. The beauty of such succinct poetry is that it can raise as many questions in the reader as it provides answers. As such, the haiku continues to be a treasured form of expression for many poets all around the world.”