Megan Arkenberg

Speculative fiction writer, poet, and editor

Previously Published in 3LIGHTS Gallery

These haiku and tanka appeared in the now-defunct 3LIGHTS Gallery. The exhibit name is given in bold above the poems.


day after Christmas
the cold snap
of peppermint bark

valentine's day
he catches a snowflake
in our joined hands

Way Back Home

just home
making mac n' cheese
without the milk

heading home
her face brightens
one window at a time

her questions punctuated
by the bang of pans
as if my cabinets hold
answers she likes
better than mine

vacation plans
on the brochure cover
a garden like mine


we talk about resuming
the affair...
these pools that yesterday
were ocean

seashells left
by the tide...
wishing you were gone
so I could
forgive you


rustling leaves
the sky and my tea
steep darker

closing shift--
she gives the disinfectant bottle
a solitary squirt


october morning
at the library checkout
the woman before me
has emptied the shelves
on dying

death of a friend
I watch the persimmons
from my kitchen window
and wonder what they know
of frost

Previously Published in Riverbed Haiku

These haiku appeared in the Autumn 2008 issue of the now-defunct Riverbed Haiku.

seventh inning
the drunk's jokes
become funny

bach's crescendo
I ignore the argument
in her voice

bookstore awning
even these raindrops
are secondhand

summer evening
the fourth bridge
on three-bridge trail


Megan Arkenberg is an award-winning writer, poet, and editor of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Asimov's, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and dozens of other places. She blogs sporadically at Bitter Irony.

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