Afternoon Visitor

Elegantly attired, he arrives,
focused on an afternoon feast –
garter snakes hiding in bushes –
hadn’t counted on human presence,
interrogates me with hawkish eyes,
just long enough to be immortalized.

(Written for dVerse, hosted by Lilian, who challenges us to create an alphabetical sestet.  To find out more or join in, click here.  Photo credit: V.J. Knutson)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

60 thoughts on “Afternoon Visitor

  1. Fantastic shot! Love the look in his eyes. Your words and the look on his face reminds me of a gentleman in the 1930’s formally dressed for dinner with a look of “what do we have here?!”

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  2. kaykuala

    interrogates me with hawkish eyes,
    just long enough to be immortalized.

    They do make an impression on those who care. Love the light-hearted treatment VJ


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  3. Crows are pretty tough birds, but I’ve never seen them challenge a hawk. At the ocean I watch them bully the seagulls. Nice to see that you keep your camera handy.

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  4. I love hawks and we had a similar experience when one landed on our fence as we watched from a very short distance from inside our window. Those hawk eyes can be intimidating, but I loved the brief interaction. I love how you describe him as “elegantly attired”….hehe.

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