summer moonlight
     the potter's wheel

—Michael Dylan Welch

Second Prize Winner, 1990 Kaji Aso Haiku Contest
Mirrors 3:3, Summer 1990, p. 60.
Midwest Haiku Anthology. Randy M. Brooks and Lee Gurga, eds. Decatur, Illinois: Brooks Books, 1992, p. 103.
Second Prize Winner, 2001 Herb Barrett Contest

My first contact with the late poet Jerry Kilbride came when he wrote to say how much he enjoyed the "roundness" in this poem -- in the sounds of the letters, the shape of the moon, and the shape of the potter's wheel.

About the author: Michael Dylan Welch is editor/publisher of Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem. A long-time vice president of the Haiku Society of America, he was also cofounder of the Haiku North America conference in 1991, cofounder of the American Haiku Archives in 1996, and founder of the Tanka Society of America in 2000. He has published his poetry in hundreds of journals and anthologies in more than a dozen languages, and has won first prize in each of the Henderson, Brady, Drevniok, and Tokutomi contests, among others. Though originally British, and having grown up in England, Ghana, Australia, and Canada, Michael now lives with his wife and two children near Seattle, Washington.


Responses to the haiku for 31 July 2007 by Michael Dylan Welch

    2007-07-31 12:55:35

    As one who frequently uses the potter's wheel, this speaks to me. Nicely captured!

    2007-07-31 17:03:31

    Beautiful image that captures the wonder of nature's creativity. I also love the sounds of the words, as was mentioned already, the "roundness" of the words, as well as the roundness of nature and the wheel. Very well done.

    Dirk van Nouhuys (DHvN at wandd dot com)
    2007-08-01 00:42:10

    Great. A touch of Omar Kayyam.

    judith ingram (super dot ingram at verizon dot net)
    2007-08-01 08:13:45

    I found your book, "Open Window" when I went looking for information about Tundra. It is an exquisite book and I wanted to thank you for sharing it.

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-08-04 18:39:18

    predawn darkness--
    her gentle breaths
    reminds me why

    Collin Barber
    2007-08-05 22:12:15


    As an artist, this one resonates with me. I too love the "roundness" that Jerry Kilbride astutely points out. I also love the fact that this poem was able to bring to great poets together, which I suppose in a way, completes the circle or "roundness" between reader and poet. Okay, maybe I'm stretching it a bit, but I did want to say that I enjoyed this one . . .