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September warmth

Warm September
sun on the hills
starting with dew on the quad seat
Flora feeds her baby at the fence
there is no wind
Flora at breakfast
Walking long heather
with French shooters:
two grouse
for tomorrow’s feast
little enough

The cattle gather by the fence
in the afternoon heat
panting
so that I worry
that they have water.
The trough is full,
and there is shade
under the willows,
but they collect any slight breeze.
September sun

Later,
as afternoon cools
to evening
one red calf chases another.
Halfcalf as he is,
misfit George
milkless baby
gallops a hundred metres
after little Alice.

In saving his life
I have preserved
a tiny quota of joy.

Panting George

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