Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

Rain Barrel

by Bruce Holsapple

Four wood rats drowned
in the rain barrel, after recent storms
not all at once—one after another
repeated the same mistake 
jumped in & couldn’t swim out
crawling thru their soggy pals 
Why they persisted—
curiosity, perhaps, I don’t know
it wasn’t thirst, but a compulsion—
& you’d say that stupidity 
was entirely their own,
but that’s not likely 
what haunts you 

Bruce Holsapple works as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Magdalena, NM. He has published seven books of poetry, most recently Wayward Shadow (La Alameda Press, 2013). His book-length study of William Carlos Williams’ poetry, The Birth of the Imagination was published by the University of New Mexico in November 2016.