Rapere

The busy vole busies herself

Scurries amongst leaf litter

Keeps herself clean

Feeds her young

Whilst far above

Handsomely dressed, preened

Strong, angular, sleek

Magnificent hunter

With oh so to die for eyes

Fire streaked

Focuses on the tidy movements

Identifies and assesses

The challenge

And waits

Hangs on the wind

In familiar territory

Happily being busy

The vole naīve

Despite her globular eyes

Will barely see until too late

That she has been

Targeted, circled, cornered.

Flight, fight or freeze?

Voiceless, useless, helpless

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CLP 26/11/2018

n.b. Rapere is Latin meaning to take by force, to seize from which the words raptor and rapist derive

Published by

Christopher Perry

Liberté, Equalité, Humanité