Treasure Island

Fay Slimm

(Ageless. / in Cornwall U.K.)

Wild Things.

Encounters with wild things leave marks
On our heart. Affinity seems
To start a strange partnership, sparks
Off a mutual trust, our schemes
To tempt nearer the Badger or Fox
Need patience, with spacing of meals
Which if strictly observed bring lots
Of hope, that in time such stealing
Back into hedgerows will cease, might
Be then amber eyes shine into mine,
When Fox has no reason for fright.

Badger too has been hunted down
For reasons mistaken perhaps.
Unable to see clearly, renowned
As a fighter, he relaxes
Into easily trained habits, Brock
En-trances, and values both life
And liberty. Can we take stock
Of our role in creating strife
For wild things that need loving care?
Badger and fox have a right to be there.

Submitted: Monday, May 11, 2009
Edited: Monday, May 11, 2009

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  • Patti Masterman (10/29/2009 2:25:00 PM)

    Beautiful write; I too love to entice the wild things, but I confess to having very little luck at it. Have made a pet of a small snake once (he did not want to leave us for love or money) and also a baby Starling, we managed to keep living till we released it.
    Thanks for putting some kind and needed words to something we tend to shove out of our minds on a day to day basis. (Report) Reply

  • Tsira Goge (5/11/2009 12:12:00 PM)

    Fay, Very pleasant a poem, with kind thoughts but why only the badger and a fox have a right to be there, whence is at them such privilege to you. / with a smile / 10..........
    Best wishes.
    Tsira (Report) Reply

  • Andrew mark Wilkinson (5/11/2009 4:33:00 AM)

    You know when I'm out enjoing nature early morning watching rabbits and squirels at play no better way to start a day..10 Andy (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Davidson (5/11/2009 4:30:00 AM)

    Excellent write Fay...I too believe that wild things, although leaving food for them is good, trying to make contact with them shouln't be encouraged. They need to remain wild for a reason and that is survival...once they trust a human it leaves the way open for trust in other humans who might not be as caring...great writing...Fi 10+++++ (Report) Reply

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