The Tour Boat’s Wake

by Michael Dylan Welch and Billie Dee


Honourable mention in the Haiku Poets of Northern California’s 2022 rengay contest. Publication forthcoming in Mariposa in the fall of 2023. Originally written from May to July 2020, by email.



San Diego Zoo—

a slow line

for the pandas Michael


a row of make-out cars

at Sunset Cliffs Billie


the Coronado Bridge

curving over sailboats . . .

the tour boat’s wake Michael


sun glint on bay chop . . .

we paddle our kayaks past

the USS Midway Billie


low-riders on parade

in Old Town Michael


orchid show—

the Spreckels Organ

shakes Balboa Park Billie