26 February – Afternoon hike

There’s an air of great excitement
about Friday’s afternoon hike,
it feels so long since 4pm
belonged to broad daylight.
Of course, we talk too long
by the swing bridge bench
and by the time we head home,
dark has re-commenced.
But it feels so good to reclaim these hours,
to be outside again in the evening,
and besides the dusk has its own rewards
for just as we are leaving,
a kindle of rabbits spark to life
with tails flaring in the gloom
and a white owl flies overhead
like a living, quasi moon.

27 February - Afternoon hike