Although the animal and birdlife has otherwise been so rich, I have been saddened to see only one hare and a couple of forms this spring. Usually there are lots of them. It was a real pleasure to discover there are several hares bunking up with the rabbits on the bank across the lane. I noticed them this evening, the rabbits quietly cropping the grass as usual, and a couple of hares chasing one another about like mad things. A detail in the bigger picture perhaps, but it made me happy.
Winding white, sweet-thorned, the roses climb
And ramble wild among hibiscus boughs;
Is this the moment longed for since the time
When spring was whispered? Now the west wind soughs
In branches full-leafed, full of nesting birds.
They nestle closer, once were timid things
That fled, but now I shape their songs in words
Of pleasure in their bright and gaudy wings.
And when I see the hares race on the hill,
Long legs, long ears and full of springtime joy,
I feel perfection in the air distill,
That no fear of the hunter can alloy.
I’ll follow where they lead, their wild hearts’ beat,
To where the flowered plain and free sky meet.