For the Secret Keeper’s writing prompt, inspired by finding a dead hen pheasant at the edge of the next field. An unnoticed victim of yesterday’s hunting. The words to include are:
RENT | WHY | ALERT | TRAGEDY | UPSET
By the hedge, soft plumes,
in death barely ruffled, lie,
frail life thread severed.
No warning came from twig snap,
no man smell, gun-oiled and booted,
a bolt from the unseen sky.
Was warm, a mother bird,
now busy with ants—I ask,
why this waste of beauty,
when the world is already dark?