November 10th 2015

out
····of the horse’s skull—the gaze of a field
··········mouse

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4: November 10th 2015

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  • This haiku, based like most of my haiku on what I actually saw, originally revealed a little barn swallow. The horse’s skull was hanging on the side of a house and a barn swallow had nested in it (and was warily eyeing me). Given the brevity of a haiku, and not wanting to have  to explain that it was actually hanging on a wall, I thought a field mouse made more sense. No swallow would nest on the ground.