Out of Sync

by Sidney Bending, Margaret Rutley, and Michael Dylan Welch


Honourable mention in the Haiku Poets of Northern California’s 2022 rengay contest. First published in Mariposa #49, Autumn–Winter 2023, page 34. Originally written from July to September 2020, by email.



quiet on set

the director hollers

action Sidney


for the stuntman

extra padding Margaret


a jet fighter crosses

the clear blue sky . . .

old-time western Michael


barroom brawl

a break-away stool . . . doesn’t Sidney


aging starlet


out of sync Margaret


at Grauman’s Chinese theatre

a mongrel lifts its leg Michael