by Alice Frampton, Michael Dylan Welch, and Richard R. Powell

First published in Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola (Gabriola, British Columbia: Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2011). See my introduction to the book. Originally written 20 July 2008 at White Hart Pub, Gabriola Island, British Columbia.

arbutus ashes—

mother in her sun hat

blinks back tears Alice

my boy too small

to hug the whole maple Michael

pine beetles—

my brother adjusts

to his new sky Richard

our sister’s confession

behind the willow Alice

back porch—

the alder shade

has reached dad’s argument Michael

nana’s maiden name missing

from the family tree Richard