Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Butterfly Dream: Foreclosure Notice Haiku by Michael Dylan Welch

English Original

foreclosure notice --
an ice cream truck
comes and goes

Frogpond, 36:3, Autumn 2013

Michael Dylan Welch

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

房屋止贖通知 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

房屋止赎通知 --

Bio Sketch

Michael Dylan Welch is vice president of the Haiku Society of America, founder of the Tanka Society of America (2000), and cofounder of Haiku North America conference (1991) and the American Haiku Archives (1996). In 2010 he also started National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), which takes place every February, with an active Facebook page. His personal website is www.graceguts.com, which features hundreds of essays, reviews, reports, and other content, including examples of his published poetry.


  1. I think there's a deeper sadness to the contrast between the necessity of housing and the treat of ice cream. And perhaps, too, the foreclosure will come and go like the ice cream truck, and maybe things will be better down the road.

    Michael Dylan Welch, Frogpond, 36:3, Autumn 2013, p. 77

  2. Maybe someone would argue that there is a cause-and-effect reason why the ice cream truck comes and goes: it's because no one in the foreclosed/empty house comes out to buy ice cream).

    I don't think so. It's mainly because the ice cream truck owner doesn't just come to one house -- he drives his ice cream truck through neighborhoods for potential buyers.