by Michael Dylan Welch, Emiko Miyashita, David Burleigh, Kathleen O’Toole, Garry Gay, and Susan Antolin

First published in Haiku Canada Review 3:3, October 2009, page 27. Written on 7 August 2009 during the Haiku North America conference in Ottawa, Ontario. You can see several pictures of us reading this rengay on the conference boat cruise (or see one additional photo below).

my coins dropped

into his cap

the bagpiper nods Michael

the organist lit

through stained glass Emiko

the sound of a band—

the red geraniums

stand to attention David

an Irish air

from the woodwinds Kathleen

café music

a sparrow dances

across the table Garry

cruising lowrider

the surge and ebb of hip-hop Susan

Left to right: David Burleigh, Terry Ann Carter, Emiko Miyashita (reading for Kathleen O’Toole), Michael Dylan Welch (Captain Haiku), Garry Gay, and Susan Antolin. Photo by Fay Aoyagi.