Spreading Shade

by Michael Dylan Welch, Richard Tice, and Kathleen Tice


First published in Fireflies’ Light #23, June 2021, page 31. Originally written via Zoom on 27 March 2021.



cherry blossoms

still cherry blossoms—

overcast afternoon Michael


night chill—

pear trees turning white Richard


darkening trail . . .

dogwood petals

mark the way Kathleen


dawn joins

the glow of forsythia Michael


budding peaches

rice cakes purchased

for lunch Richard


a flowering mimosa

spreads its shade Kathleen