Poetry Workshop

Animal Magic

A walk on the wild side

Think of an animal you've encountered, whether at home or in Nature. Describe the animal and the feelings it arouses when you think about it. Maximum 30 lines.


The Fox

Brown, furry, bundle of energy,
you invade my back garden
early in the morning,
long before the sun leaps the tallest trees.

Manouvering through the tall grass
your moist nose is your compass,
your ears swivel then point upwards
listening for the cool breath of hidden life.

You wait to deliver your parcel of death
through the clearing mist and rime,
arriving unseen and unannounced
like a plague abseiling from heaven.

Gerhardt Michael


30th November 2009