Haibun for a visitor

In the evening, the fox comes to wait for the food I put out, sits in the grass by the path to be there before the badger ambles up later. The badger track is clear, following the human track around the edge of the meadow and up the path. Fox cuts across country, trots up close to the house, waits, big ears alert, eyes shining, unafraid. There are few things lift the heart higher than gaining the trust of a wild creature.
Night air sways
wind breath singing owl songs
so many eyes.

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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.

20 thoughts on “Haibun for a visitor”

    1. We see foxes quite often, but always getting out of the way. This one knows that there’s food, that the person putting out the food isn’t a priori an enemy. I don’t push it too far 🙂

  1. Is it wise
    For the wild
    To trust humans
    And be deceived
    By his treachery
    Alas, in that faith
    Is written
    Its doom,
    Because like the
    Sun rising in the east,
    Betrayal will follow soon

    1. Not from me it won’t.
      The fox does not go to the neighbours because it knows what to expect. It is intelligent enough to know that one swallow doesn’t make a summer 🙂

      1. I know they’re supposed to be able to fend for themselves, but I feel so sorry for them. They usually look sick, thin and miserable, and they end up eating things they’re not supposed to. I saw one last winter eating a rabbit dead of some rabbit virus that had been lying by the side of the road for days. Even the foxes hadn’t eaten it. They’re too wild to come to the house though. I suppose they know the house cats would chase them away.

  2. You are lucky indeed if you have badgers and foxes coming to your yard. How absolutely wonderful. The haiku is especially wonderful….so many eyes…….

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