16 September – Elusive neighbours

If you want to see wild deer
leaping the walls, bounding the fields,
you need to be up when it’s still dark
and chase the seclusion sunrise yields.
You can’t control their sightings,
can’t predict when they might appear,
but early in the morning
is when I’ve always found them here.
Watchful gazes fix on you,
then white bobtails glide their retreat,
caught in magical gladed moments,
disappearing in rustles of leaves.