Awoken at 04:30 hrs. First dim light of the new day.
A stag bellows from the wood on the hill.
Tree branches, unsteady in the stiffening northerly wind, emit a low, irregular moan.
Behind this lies the slow-motion rush of heavy waves breaking hard on the shingle. Then the long draw as the sea inhales before the next swell rolls in.
I am lulled back to sleep
Still hung on that fence
After a week
Quietly cured in sun and wind
Provides for the more fortunate
Nothing wasted by fox or badger
n.b. I will spare you the picture.
Stepping through hedges
Stands out in open fields
Bellows for a mate
n.b. A stag calling through the moonlit night can be heard as he roams around the county looking for a hind. His movement can be easily tracked as he calls in one pasture then the next.
Hind steps from bracken
Edges to field centre
Grazes in full view
n.b. Have you noticed that deer do this? They often choose a wide open area to settle down, eating and resting in a place that allows them to be easily seen, but allowing themselves time and space to respond to approaching threats. Safer to be out there and able to breathe fully exposed, than to be living constantly nervous of being caught when confined under cover.