meteor shower . . .
a gentle wave
wets our sandals

—Michael Dylan Welch

This poem was written at the beach by the Asilomar conference facility in Pacific Grove, California, near Monterey. From 1991 until 2002 (when I left California), I attended the annual Asilomar haiku retreat sponsored by the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society.

Previous publications:
First Place Winner, Haiku Society of America Henderson Haiku Contest, 2000.
HSA Newsletter XV:4, Autumn 2000, p. 13.
A Glimpse of Red: 2000 Red Moon Anthology. Jim Kacian, ed. Winchester, Virginia: Red Moon Press, 2001, p. 74.
Haiku Canada Newsletter XIV:2, Feb. 2001, p. 28.
Frogpond XXIV:1, Spring 2001, p. 81.
Evergreen Haiku Anthology. Ikuyo Yoshimura, ed. Gifu, Japan: Rainbow Press, 2003, p. 131.
Haiku Headlines 17:9, Dec. 2004, p. 8.

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.

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