by Jackie Chou, Michael Dylan Welch, and Richard Tice


First published in Tandem 2:2, October 2022 (actually June 2023). Written 15 October 2021 during a Haiku North America online rengay workshop.



night manor

the clanking

of chained feet Jackie


a shriek in the dark

my shoelace untied Michael


dusty cobweb

bats scatter

from the belfry Richard


the creak creak

of basement steps Jackie


fleeting reflection

a rotten shutter

clatters to the weeds Michael


crows take wing

at a banshee’s wail Richard