Mouse of Zen…Disney Inspired Mouse-Sized Poetry

Cover design © J.B. Conway and Knell Studio Works


Mouse of Zen…Disney Inspired Mouse-Sized Poetry


Brad Conway has been a police officer since 1998. He is passionate about anything Disney. Like many of us, Brad’s passion for Disney started when he brought his children to Walt Disney World for the first time. Something magical happens when you walk through those gates and see the faces of your children light up!

I learned about haiku in my modern literature class when I was in high school and we were required to write our own. I had a very difficult time with it but I managed to write one as it was part of our grade. I have not revisited them until about a year ago when I saw this posted on The Disney Driven Life Community Blog:

dreams inside stockings / above a roaring fire / tickets to main street

When I look at this picture and read this haiku, I imagine VERY excited children opening up their stockings and receiving a magical vacation for the holidays! What could be more wonderful for a child?

I was completely enamored by this wonderful poetry for a couple of reasons. First of all, Brad’s poetry was all about my very favorite topic, Disney! Secondly, I knew how difficult it was for me to write just one haiku and this man had lots of them! Wow, what a talent! Here is one of my favorites:

graffiti daydreams

a boy lost his balloon

into mouse shaped clouds

And another one I absolutely love:

setting of the sun

taking its proper place

behind a castle

Can you tell that my favorite place on earth is Main Street USA?

Brad has taken 351 of his haiku and published a book of them for us all to enjoy. The book is both intriguing and inspiring in so many ways. When you read these haiku, you can close your eyes and imagine the exact place he has in mind when he wrote the haiku. It really is amazing. Some of them take a while to figure out, and that, I have to say, is half the fun! His book is a must-own for any true Disney fan. It will be on my coffee table in the near future! He’s already well underway toward publishing his second book. Click here to order your very own copy of Mouse of Zen for your coffee table!

All photos & poetry in this post are © J.B. Conway

Disclosure: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thoughts are 100% my own.


  1. Wow! Very nice write-up! So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Wow! Very nice write-up! So glad you enjoyed it!

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