This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 228 – A snail.
Raising its horns:
Edge of the well.
This is a haiku by accomplished Japanese haiku poet and novelist Natsume Soseki, author of Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness.
Depending on how you look at them, snails can be the most boring creatures in the world or the most fascinating. When I look at the images of Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko I tend toward the latter, so the simple act of a snail raising its horns beside water can become something quite magical.
The Snail Raises His Horns is written for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello.