PAD Challenge Day #6 Prompt: Night


Photo credit: Kate Trecartin

Photo credit: Kate Trecartin. Chignecto Cape, NS


The birch dance with the spruce trees in the amber light of dying flames
Flares up again with the spitting and whistling of cedar
The crack of twigs in the nearby wood reveal unseen visitors
Coming in for a closer look at the creatures warming by the fire
The beep of a sow-whet sounds the alarm,
Warning the wild ones of human intruders

The howling screams of a pack of coyote send shivers up our spines
With the knowledge a young fawn has become a late night meal
The hens secured in their coop survive another night
Not so a young calf, its bawling mother mourning the loss of her first born
The darkness unable to protect from wild hunger
Death and life a perennial part of the countryside

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