From Global Haiku

The following ten poems appeared in Global Haiku: Twenty-five Poets World-wide, edited by George Swede and Randy Brooks, published in 2000 by Mosaic Press, Oakville, Ontario, pages 103 and 103. Also published in England by Iron Press, announced as a “definitive collection” of “twenty-five of the world’s best exponents of this small Japanese verse form.” +

after the quake

the weathervane

pointing to earth

after the quake

a hobo

directing traffic

after the quake

adding I love you

to a letter

toll booth lit for Christmas—

from my hand to hers

warm change

clicking off the late movie . . .

the couch cushion


empty silo—

spring wind pops the metal

in and out

home for Christmas:

my childhood desk drawer


old folks’ home—

the square of light

crosses the room

spring breeze—

the pull of her hand

as we near the pet store

nursing home lounge—

a child’s puzzle

left unfinished

Michael Dylan Welch was born in 1962 in Watford, England. He is a staff editor with IDG Books Worldwide and lives in Foster City, California. From 1991–1997 he was editor of Woodnotes, the Haiku Poets of Northern California magazine. He is currently editor of a new magazine, Tundra, and continues to publish books under his own Press Here imprint, including The Haijin’s Tweed Coat (1990).