Dawn, Gila Mtns.
Subtle early morning shadows steal across agricultural land, Yuma County, Arizona

on little mice feet
morning skitters through the field
too early for crows
~~ ~~ ~~

Can a mouse move without skittering?

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on September 20, 2014, in 5-7-5, Arizona, Carpe Diem, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Six-Word Saturday, Southern Arizona, Yuma County and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. At our house mice move cautiously – avoiding the traps!

  2. I ate a mouse yesterday – a pink sugar one. Lovely!

  3. There’s a time that’s “…too early for crows”?

  4. A good mouse is a mouse not in my house mouse! Hehehehe. Great photo….. makes me wonder when is too early for the early birds in life? 🙂

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Probably never too early for early birds…except the occasional lazy crow! 😉

      On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 5:25 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  5. Skittering mouse = kipittävä hiiri in Finnish 🙂

  6. Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio

    I don’t know, do they????

  7. love this imagery-filled haiku! I say, no to can they move without skittering. that’s just the way they are.

  8. No, I don’t think they can move without skittering. It’s a question I had never asked myself before!

  9. I think not, unless carried in a cat’s mouth!😉

  10. I love the sunrise that sheds its golden light upon the fertile land – it is a cross of gold and copper, an early morn glow that is beautiful!

  11. Mice “skitter” a lot, MMT, mostly because they are shy. Some many people and animals are wanting to kill them.
    I like your picture and title. It reminded me of Cat Stevens’ “Morning has broken.

    “Morning Has Broken”

    Morning has broken, like the first morning
    Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
    Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
    Praise for the springing fresh from the world

    Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
    Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
    Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
    Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

    Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
    Born of the one light, Eden saw play
    Praise with elation, praise every morning
    God’s recreation of the new day

  12. I love the morning colors in the photo and the thought of the little mice feet! Awesome!

  13. Beautiful photo! Don’t know about the mouse, don’t want to know.

  14. Gorgeous photo of an early morning … awesome …

  15. Subtle light on subtly ridged soils – magical combination. A sense of beautiful forever in this image.

  16. neat visual word ‘skittering’ ~ in a way it is how the morning comes or night ~ like a little mouse ~ fun haiku and lovely photo!

  17. Skittering is a great word and one I have never used. Lovely photo.

  18. Love your pretty AZ shadows…

  19. Very nice light and exquisite tones, very good picture!

  20. The mice are clever to pick a safe time to move around! Nicely MMT!


  21. i love a plowed field. this is beautiful to this country girl!!

  22. Mice skitter..always..except when they are trapped …cute little creatures ..I like them..especially Jerry mouse…:-D

    Love the picture as well as the haiku… 🙂

  23. OMG you got so many comments! You be so popular 🙂 I LOVE this haiku & the photo is perfect. Can hear the skittering mouse feet.

  24. early bird gets worm
    hawk dines on skittering mouse
    what is left for crow


  25. We have a very naughty mouse in our garden. He’s always pinching the nuts and seeds left out for the birds. I don’t believe he skitters but he can be quite swift. 🙂

  26. and always that same desert golden light …

  27. What a peaceful photo. I don’t know if mice skitter but they sure do move fast. We let one go yesterday and I couldn’t believe how fast that thing went! It was just a blur.

  28. Oh I love this…too early for the crow…I am rooting for the field mice:)

  29. this is wonderful and I love “little mice feet”

  30. The imagery in this poem is just beautiful ~ great!

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