The Common Sense of Habitats

Hare in Wytham Woods by Duncan becker

Here’s a marvelous poem by Lynn Woollacott:

The Hare In The Woods

By Lynn Woollacott

Wizened horse chestnuts and overlords of oak

dally with a canopy of glorious beeches,

knotted roots intertwine so everything

touches, and offers from silver birch balcony

a view of the long limbs of the leveret

protruding behind a tuft of bracken,

the way he moves like a rabbit in a hat

contortioned in slippery silks,

his restless feet and twitching ears

sparkle like honey-dewed satin,

his dark eyes reflect the perspective.

Nose as sensitive as a sniffer dog,

he’s done the wire border, the electric gate,

he has to circumnavigate the way he entered.

The common sense of habitats,

squirrels feathering alongside tree creepers,

bats in dormitories, mice in mazes,

a zillion insects under sawn-off logs,

I dismiss the illusionist and save his grinning image

as a figment of imagination, to share later,

and conjure the tale of the wandering navigator.

Artist: Chloe O’Neil

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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