reading in bed
     my pulse flickering
     the lightly held bookmark

—Michael Dylan Welch

Hummingbird VII:2, Dec. 1996, p. 49
The Haiku Anthology. Cor van den Heuvel, ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999, p. 271.
Best of the Electronic Poetry Network. Carlos Colón, Barbara Verrett Moore, and Jeffrey L. Salter, eds. Shreveport, Louisiana: Shreveport Regional Arts Council Literary Panel, 2000, p. 41.
Pontoon #9, 2006, p. 69.

Has this happened to you? The length of the bookmark seemed to amplify the beat of my heart through my fingers. I wouldn't have imagined it possible for this to occur if I hadn't experienced it myself.

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 13 March 2007 by Michael Dylan Welch

    2007-03-13 06:04:31

    This is excellent.

    Alan Summers
    2007-03-13 10:11:53

    I must admit, although I like arty bookmarks, I now crease a corner! ;-)

    busy café
    she lifts a bottle of beer
    a fresh leaf of her book

    Really great to see you on Tinywords.

    brett brady
    2007-03-14 18:02:18

    thru dusk
    a faint moon

    2007-03-14 19:24:07

    I connect with this, Michael...
    I can almost feel the words rising through
    the though they are going
    straight to your heart.

    kala ramesh
    2007-03-14 20:24:15

    Hi Michael,

    A very different take . . .


    Ross Clark
    2007-03-14 20:38:20

    reading in bed
    a moth resting
    on my heartbeat

    from my vol "At the Turn of the Seasons" (2003)

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-03-15 17:04:30

    reading in winter twilight-
    each word
    comes to life