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I found a tree with a knotty hollow
Inside the dark there rested a robin
Standing still with staring eyes wide open
Her plumage lacking lustre
Like a needle felt bird in a craft show
At twenty dollars, delicately made
Waiting in the moss, waiting for a lull
In the icy wind, waiting for the chance
To forage for food for her very life's sake
I put out a careful finger caressed
The down on her red breast and dun hued  head
She fell back, tiny claws, legs stretched up, stiff
Like telegraph poles without wires.
One more to add to millions of lonely deaths.
Sanctuary
A true story. I am talking about a British robin both sexes of which have a red breast.
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     Garden meditations during an
      unusually hot English Summer
     
     Panting dogs lie prone,                      
     Birds make gargantuan gapes                        
     Gasping for cool air                           
     Fishes pouting from the pond              
     Blow kisses to damsel flies.    
                             
     On clear gauzy wings                            
     Dragonflies and lacewings circle             
     The  water lilies                          
     Seeking succulent nectar
     Within their waxy petals        
     
     Bees suck drowsily                            
     In the magic tents bestowed                   
     By the bell vine blooms                                          
     And I?  I spend dreamy hours
     Sitting among the flowers.
   Spectre with a Hood
   
   Most days I see him, the spectre with a hood.
   Head and rounded shoulders bent forward he walks,
   No, trudges the country road I always use
   On my frequent forays into the town.
   
   Clad in faded camouflage gear he carries
   In one hand a plastic supermarket bag
   While his shoulders tote a flaccid rucksack.
   He is looking neither forward nor sideways,
   But always downwards, he is oblivious
   To the white cow parsley in the verges,
   To the late blackthorn and the may blossom
   Emerging from which a startled blackbird,
   Cackling her alarm call, darts across his face.
   
   Such strange behaviour, I say to my friends
   Who reply ‘He’s off for his free methadone’,
   Dismissive as if this answer explains all.
   I wonder what lost chances lie in his wake,
   What bitter wind blew dust into his eyes
   Or what errant gene it was that engendered
   This fellow human being’s path of sorrow.
   
   It’s just a platitude for sure I know
   When I say ‘there but for God’s grace I go’.


This poem was prompted by seeing the man with the hood and also by Millet's painting -Man with a Hoe.
Spectre with a Hood
Resubmitted with picture. Desperation personified.
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Ghost-like waifs in ragged shrouds haunt refuse tips
Haggard mothers dry suckle big bellied babes
Beggars, beseeching, stare from sightless sockets
Our brothers and sisters in another land.
Who live in shacks of tin in shanty towns.
Don't tell me about your bloody headache!
A fifth baby hedgehog has now been rescued. Named Hermione from Harry Potter. All are putting on weight on a diet of mealworms and odds and ends. Hermione as the name suggests is female. She has had to be housed separately because she attacks the males.
I learn more about hedgehog behaviour every day.

Friday 24 October
The fifth and smallest baby hedgehog is not doing too well. She was fending for herself for too long outside. Elizabeth is feeding her with a dropper and hoping to pull her round. The others are steadily putting on weight.

Sunday 26 October
Hermione, the latest baby hedgehog died last night. Others still doing well. Hermione had been out in the wild too long and must have suffered the effects of cold and malnutrition.
 Sunday 2 November.
we are now down to the original three hedgehogs that were rescued in good time. Weight is the critical factor. Like most animals they are subject to worms. Our vet doesn't know the right dosage for hedgehogs or even the right medicine. However the survivors are doing well and putting on weight.
Heathcliffe  and one other have now reached sufficient weight to hibernate. They are now in suitable boxes in Elizabeth's garage.
The man at the Hedgehog Rescue Service has had an old boy for some years. It's blind and has three legs only but still lively. Never say die, eh?

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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Writer
A big thank-you for the fave. :-)
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Thanks so much Harry, for the watch, and for faving Pearl of the East. :) :hug:
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murasakiriyu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the :+devwatch: and :+fav: Much appreciated!
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Syltorian Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Thanks a lot for the watch and comments! :)
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Thanks for favin' 'orchid home', Harry. :)
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Thanks for the favorite Harry! :hug:
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aldwarke Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
My pleasure, Jewel.
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015   General Artist
Thanks so much for the favourite on the Tarot card. I very much appreciate it. :iconcheerplz:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank'ee most kindly, Squire :bow: for keeping an eye on this ancient weaver of images :ahoy:
I needs it as I gets a bit wayward at times :drunk: :wave:
And blessings for the favours you's granted me work :D
They's muchly appreciated :iconwineplz:
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