One of a Kind

by Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Haiku Canada Review 9:2, October 2015. First four verses written 23 July 2012 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Malahat Drive and Victoria), and on the ferry from Sidney, British Columbia to Anacortes, Washington. Last two verses written 12 December 2012 in Sammamish, Washington.

visiting mother—

only one

of the Monopoly dice

a soapstone bookend

without its mate

a bald eagle

on the rocky beach

nudging some feathers

the ace of spades

missing from the deck

school play—

Juliet raises

the rubber knife

granny’s salt and pepper set

has lost its pepper