Above the wood,  the red breast bird tumbled down like a falling leaf,  its eye as black as living water.       . 

 

A narrow track, carved nose to tail by a hundred sheep, led to the silage, scattered where the deer had come down from the hill. 

 

Two stags clashed over the salt lick, embedded in a drift like a millstone. Fearing the prod, expectant ewes watched and chewed.  

 

And under the tree, a platoon of Redwings with bandaged brow and bloodied flanks tossed at the leaf litter in despair.

 

 

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