Summer 1995 • Vol. XVII No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 1995 |

Mousefeet

from a lecture on Muridae cosmology                  Mousefeet are often as small, exact and precocious as eighth notes penned across a composer's score. Most are no larger than two quarter-inch W's printed side by side. All mouse toenails are just about the size of poppy seeds. Yet one encounters mousefeet everywhere. The leaves of the wild radish, for instance, are simply green mousefeet held bottomside up with thin toes spread to the sun. And the leaves of aspens and certain poplars make many mousefeet twitters and jumps themselves in any brief skimpering mousebreath wind. Each hister beetle, we know, is just one fat, black mousefoot transformed to bug. Raindrops hitting dusty cement sidewalks make trails of splayed mousefeet running in every direction. And there are pale, blue footprints of mice all over the moon. Just get a telescope and check for yourself some night. Whitefooted mice in May create, everywhere they step through

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