Thursday, 16 June 2011


i am pottering around the garden with a watering can
in the cool dusk of the summer evening
i inspect my compost-filled tyres under the shady lilac tree
where my little cucumber plants nestle
i give them a light dousing and turn to move on
out of the corner of my eye
i gauge a movement
peering warily around the privet bush
i make out a stealthy form making its way under h's playslide
a long orangey-brown snout
long pointed ears
a white throat
eyes bright and alert
a large fox!
for a moment we're strangers
face to face a few yards apart
sizing each other up
adrenaline pumping
fight or flight?
then as suddenly as it appeared
the animal turns and bolts over the fence
disappearing into the shadows of the neighbour's bushes

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