Spiked Punch

by Michael Dylan Welch, David Ash, Christine Nelson, Joy Hendrickson, Vicki McCullough, and Merilyn Peruniak

Written 17 May 2009 at Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the close of the Haiku Canada weekend at the University of British Columbia. First published in Frogpond 33:2, Spring/Summer, 2010, page 45.       +

seventh-inning stretch

the proposal again

on the Jumbotron Michael

rehearsal dinner toast

his father forgets her name David

murmurs from the matrons

the bride enters

eight months gone Christine

the ringbearer

drops the ring Joy

children drink spiked punch

while adults do

the chicken dance Vicki

in lipstick on the limo