In Their Eyes

by Maryam Mermey, Jane Reed, and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Blithe Spirit 33:4, November 2023, pages 81–82. Originally written via Zoom on 6 September 2023 in a rengay session I led with the Oxford Haiku Group. We took some liberties with the established three-person pattern by starting with two lines instead of three.       +



eleven-year-old ringbearer

looking for the ring Maryam


her Quaker vow

with God’s help

his vow? Jane


during the prayer

grandmother’s fart Michael


the bride on crutches


from the waist up Maryam


the groom blushes

at the best man’s speech Jane


rose petals

in their eyes

first autumn rain Michael