Garden of Earthly Delights

by Michael Dylan Welch, Marci Ameluxen, and Elijah Mu’ied


First published in Blithe Spirit 33:3, August 2023, page 89. Written 20 June 2015 at the Poets in the Park festival in Redmond, Washington, during a rengay workshop I led.



sand garden—

a rake propped

on the new headstone Michael


a world of mystery

in the daisy’s center Marci


blossoms opening

to sun’s rays

the child leaves home Elijah


the neighbour’s lawn

greener than mine Michael


white spider loose

my freedom

gone Marci


fading sunset

a new day will come Elijah