Short-eared Owl

By Dave Goulder


Ten of them, squat

at the road edge, wide-eyed

to the approaching car,

each behind the other, reflecting


Rural cats-eyes marking

the long single track,

Loubcroy to Elphin, carving

high moorland

recently ploughed, planted.

Dwarf pines, inches high,

good hunting for a while,

half an owl life maybe.

Little cover yet

for small mammals,

till infant trees

unite in a canopy, then

ten patient predators will seek. . .

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