Issa’s Dream

by Michael Dylan Welch, Billie Dee, and Josh Wikoff


First published in Frogpond 47:1, Winter 2024, page 76. I wrote my two verses in April 2009.



Issa’s dream

the village flooded

with poets Michael


morning-glory warriors

in the nun’s courtyard Billie


Rorschach test

Bashō’s bucket full

of octopi Josh


the snail tells me

what’s on his mind Michael


road weary

Santōka trades his raincoat

for sake Billie


Shiki’s old mitt the color

of dried persimmon Josh