Reynard. A Foxes Tale.

Lurking in the shadows of a moonlit country lane,
A wily old fox is on the hunt again.
Searching and sniffing the scent of its prey,
It must make its kill, before the break of day.

The hedgerows and copses are no place to hide,
Reynard can smell you and time is on his side.
The leaves they rustle as he stalks the forest floor,
The wind bends the branches, and twigs creak like a door.

The hunted gets nervous, paralysed by fright,
The hunter gets closer, his target in sight.
Creeping and crawling, the closer he gets,
Its keeping downwind, as the nervous prey frets.

The prey turns round and sees the hunting fox,
It then takes flight, running scared through the copse.
Our hunter takes chase, focused on that white tail,
There is nowhere to hide, our fox cannot fail.

With one big leap, its in for the kill,
But hunter and hunted then become still,
For out of the tree, an Eagle Owl dives,
And talons take hold, ending their lives.

Copyright © Richard Hamilton-Veal. 14th March 2010.

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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    Well well there is a suprise round every corner . It is great Richard xx and a fave

  • Thank you Irene, and for the fave also.
    Glad you like it.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Very good Richard and a great surprise ending. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted.
    I do like to add a twist in my work.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 4 years ago

    You work well Mr H-V!! taking that one line and coming up with a magnificent piece of work- well done you!! x

  • Many thanks Pauline.
    As soon as I wrote that first line, I knew that there was something to come.
    Glad you like it.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 4 years ago

    So many twists here Richard, I love it. What a great poem of what life is really like.

  • That is so kind of you to say Tori, and thank you also for the fave.
    I really appreciate it.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • Lensman2008
    Lensman2008over 4 years ago

    ….and not just in the forest!!

    Nice work. Well written and conceived.

  • Many thanks.
    Yes, the urban fox is widespread.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Great image and wonderful writing to go with it Richard

  • Many thanks Ray, and for the fave also.
    Very much appreciated my friend.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

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