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mice in the straw sack

i found three mice in the straw sack,
three tiny lives
and they had nowhere left to hide.

up and down the sides,
round and around
so afraid.

i found them.

there above were the first stars shining
already the day was dying,
those brown little bodies
round and around,
so afraid.

con-trails cross hatched the sky,
i could hear laughter in adjoining houses
and never felt more alone.

but never more at one with my world.

upended, and with greater wisdom
i tipped the sack, and out they poured,
with dust and the world they’d made in straw

onto the path
where i watched them run away.

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  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Coover 4 years ago

    I couldn’t help but smile as I read this :)
    I don’t feel so silly now, daily carrying a mouse or two out to their ‘mouse log’ some distance from the house. All winter and now spring I’ve been doing this, with almonds, for mice don’t like cheese at all ….. they are so beautiful, as beautiful as any other creature on earth. Sorry about this ….. I’m glad I’m not the only one :)

  • :) im so pleased your mice also have a friend..i can’t bring myslef to hamr anything, and they are really sweet..even if they eat the chickens corn!! thanks alenka

    – uncleblack

  • umbra
    umbraover 4 years ago

    great pastoral feel in this verse….

  • thank you erich, much appreciated

    – uncleblack

  • Kristin Reynolds
    Kristin Reynoldsover 4 years ago

    awww, I would have done the same, even if they do like to come into my house and poo in my draweres from time to time…lol
    beautiful truelife tale from a fellow being lover.

  • :) they can be a bit sneaky! Glad you enjoyed the write Kristin,thanks

    – uncleblack

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    November 8,2010 Wonderful!

  • yay! many thanks again..

    – uncleblack

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Your welcome :)

  • abigcat
    abigcatabout 4 years ago

    Truly a gentle write. I know they will quickly find another home

  • Thanks for such a sweet comment,I’m glad you liked it

    – uncleblack

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryan6 months ago

    lovely. all creatures are important though some are not my friends hahaha

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