To a Mouse by Robert Burns
But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley,
An lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promised joy.
I love the poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns, and it is this passage that I particularly like (it also contains the line which inspired the title of the famous novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck). The reason as to why I was thinking of this poem is because I had mice on the brain today – my brother and I rescued a little field mouse today. The little guy was injured, most likely stepped on the lower back, but he was put into a shoe-box with moss, fresh water, some cheese and a few seeds. For now, the little darling is resting in a warm and dark place, and if he survives the night, we plan to take him to a vet or an animal shelter in the morning. Cross your fingers!