My Dawn Prize

walking in the gloom

just before dawn

with a cigarette and a cough


down by the étang

new nocturnal signs

pressed fresh

into the long, wet grass


silently I scan the water

with my hawk eyes


the lily pads shimmer

something there?


excitement grows

another unwelcome cough

and a duck flies startled


then suddenly

breaking away

a pair of otters!


one heads directly

towards me

only metres away now


he sees me

and most nonchalantly

swims away


from the other bank

she watches me

I watch her


time and the universe suspended


I don’t want to scare

so, I turn

back to the house

I claim

my dawn prize…