Scented Moonlight

by Michael Dylan Welch, Alegria Imperial, and Vicki McCullough

First published in Haiku Canada Review 11:2, October 2017, page 28. Originally written 3 April 2011 at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia during the Sakura Days Japan Fair.

my hesitant knock—

the path to her door

drifted with blossoms Michael

overhead a cloud

of pink magnolias Alegria

skin cream flecked

with calendula petals—

one more season of sun Vicki

collected rain

tipping the orchid Michael

on her windowsill

the blooming wisteria

casts a shadow Alegria


scents the moonlight Vicki