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Animal Kingdom

fear not! they'll run once

'round your legs with their small claws

these Polk State squirrels




college: we teach all

the usual subjects, but here,

too, we teach squirrel


new students stand amazed

near a campus garbage bin

rustle of squirrel





armadillo, squirrel

sandhill crane, alligator

wild hog, racoon


thought this was college,

academia awaiting,

instead, it's a zoo




the terror of it

student in office explains

squirrel jumped on backpack





while wearing backpack

off to meet the prof for help

squirrel jumps on backpack


are all conferences

traumatizing like this one?

perhaps I'll drop out


These haiku are part of the October 2019 Haiku Challenge, which I completed in early November. The college in central Florida where I teach has an abundance of wildlife. This series captures some of the craziness of having a variety of animals on campus. Sometimes I have trouble capturing the image in 17 syllables so I'll add another haiku. "College," "Armadillo," and "While Wearing" are all double haiku with the last poem a rewrite of the poem before it.

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