cattails
September 2016
Haibun
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UHTS collected works


Dinner Al Fresco
Adelaide B. Shaw
USA


A doe and her fawn are having dinner. Mama is big, healthy with a sturdy body and golden brown coat. Baby is a lighter shade, with white spots still clearly visible. A three-course dinner is on the menu. The pair are at the end of the mowed grass nibbling on tree leaves and bushes along the edge of the wooded ravine. A little of this, a little of that. A few more bites and Baby, satisfied for now, wanders out of view. Five minutes later a car from across the street starts and Baby returns. For at least 20 minutes they have their meal, their tails waving non-stop. The doe lifts her head, stops eating and looks at Baby. With elegant steps she starts down the ravine. After a couple of more nibbles, Baby follows.

early evening
the shadows move
on summer time