5 September – Early morning stop out

It’s way too light in the early morning
to expect to find a bat gently snoring,
but sure enough from the edge of the green pot,
one is hanging fast asleep as if it forgot
to follow its colony to more private climes,
where all is shadowed and safe from daylight shine.
We get close enough to marvel at tiny feet holding firm
with so much more weight hanging down under them.
We wonder if our bat will sleep till night’s cover returns
but it wakes, stretches, scratches and quickly learns
that it isn’t quite where it would like to nap all day,
so it takes off during breakfast, and flies fast away.