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Rated: E · Poetry · Nature · #2277656
A heart-pounding childhood memory

Night Stalker

plaintive lowing marks a fullness
 plodding hooves beat milking time
our path cuts deep through grassy stubble
 empty pails await in twilit autumn's eve

silent wings take station at my back
 soaring raptor of the night
ears alert and watching
 in patient blind-spot stealth

furtive scuttles flee our steps
 telltale interruption of pastoral ease
sudden wingtip eddy prickles up my neck
 deeper, darker shadow drops to earth

startled hearts adrenalize
 in sympathetic fright
as shrieking mice share primally
 the plight of hunted prey





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