A Line from Kahlil Gibran’s “On Law”
from The Prophet  Interrupted by Haiku

What of the ox who loves his yoke 

Of an ox in love—
accidentally plowing
his farmer’s neighbor’s field

and deems the elk and deer of the forest 

Without the elk to
talk to farmer begs his ox
to listen for rain

Under the forest’s
canopy the deer regard
the weight of the yoke

stray and vagrant things?

—CX Dillhunt