by Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in our book, Seven Suns / Seven Moons (Seattle, Washington: NeoPoiesis Press, 2016), pages 44–45. Originally written 17 April 2009 aboard the Walla Walla ferry between Edmonds and Kingston, Washington. See also “High Score,” which was written simultaneously, and our kasen renku, “Up,” plus the book’s afterword.

seven moons

eating ginger candy

as the ferry sways Tanya

seven moonies

at the check-in counter Michael

right on time

the wayward grebe sinks

all seven moons Tanya

seven moons

the rising tide

of immigrants Michael

the pinball machine gives me

seven new moons Tanya

seven moons

for the misbegotten

a torpedo on its way Michael