by Michael Dylan Welch, Alegria Imperial, kjmunro, Susan Munro, Carole MacRury, and Vicki McCullough

First published in Haiku Canada Review 15:2, October 2021, page 46. Originally written on 13 April 2019, at Shaughnessy Restaurant, VanDusen Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia, inspired by all the options on the restaurant’s dessert menu. Written after the first day of the 2019 Sakura Days Japan Fair sponsored by the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

sunbreak . . .

a crème brûlée

between us Michael

lemon tart

is she? Alegria

New York cheesecake


on the side kjmunro

sticky toffee pudding

may I borrow a spoon? Susan

housemade sorbet


our conversation Carole

chocolate pannacotta

to go or not to go? Vicki