The woods are silent


The woods are silent here today,

Silver the rain that turned to mist,

And safe the deer that graze the leaves,

The pheasants in the walnut tree.

This calm, a lull, but every moment

Treasured like the buttered bands

Of sunlight on the fresh cut grass,

bespeckled now with yellow leaves.

Wind will toss them far, to dull brown they’ll turn,

Not every fawn will see the green return.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

19 thoughts on “The woods are silent”

    1. It was lovely. So peaceful. Someone shot a wild boar in the road on Friday. It’s illegal to shoot wild animals on the public highway and the gendarmes are after whoever did it. They’re maybe keeping a low profile.

      1. It won’t, not for long, but the pheasants are back again. I don’t know if they’re wild ones or left over from a shoot. I don’t think there’s been one yet this year.

      1. February 28! And all your round for some of the really terrifying beasts that could submerge us without the ceaseless efforts of the hunters. You know, really scary things like weasels and magpies, foxes, rabbits…

      2. The problem I have with it, apart from this idea that we automatically get the right to set the ground rules for the balance, is that hunters (here anyway) put forward this idea that they are keeping the environment healthy by shooting unwanted/needed specimens. What they don’t ever mention in their propaganda is the dark side of their hobby, the digging out of dens, pulling mothers out with pincers, throwing her babies to the dogs, the trapping of songbirds with glue, baiting badgers with dogs for the hell of it. There’s no excuse at all for this kind of cruelty. But they are the same noble hunters who preserve us from the ravages of rabbits.

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