Releasing the Animals (the anti-haiku)

      by Marsh Muirhead

I am releasing
the animals
from their three-barred jails

the seventeen
of their confinement

the prohibition
keeping them from
seasons not their own

setting the frogs
free of the pond
that plop in water

summer slavery

walking sticks
beetles and geese

free to travel
any climate
any month

accepted in
not a cutting word in sight

crows allowed
a wedding in the tropics
the cemetery vacant

let the rabbit
in winter
reside in Palm Springs

let them all be
like something else
if they like

let seem
be the finale
of any line

From Modern Haiku 41:1, Winter–Spring 2010. Winner of the Robert Frost Poetry Festival Prize in 2009.