Fear Override

Tonight we hear the foxes
Or was it just fox
In the cool overnight
Seeking a robust dinner
In the tree line out back.

And just before they cackle
Or was it meow
In through the darkness
Our children crawl into our bed
In need of snuggles and hugs.

Do you hear that?
I whisper in the cool night
Tucking our son in,
You whisper
It’s the foxes.

But then another sound
More vicious than the first
In the darkness a pop
As bb pellets rip through the night
In search of the searcher preying.

We kiss our children
And hold them tight
Remembering at times
Our world can be a hostile place
For those on the journey
Praying for sustenance.

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