The pheasant
In her plain brown dress
Stands still and silent
On the frost,
Thick now
As once fast fallen snow.

Fog, thin as water,
Pulled out the sun
To shine
A pale and fretful fist
Of warmth,
That never touched
The frozen grass.

Sheep watch,
As wild and hungry cat
Leaves paw prints
Down a shining path
Making straight
For that plain brown dress,
Startling now
With blood.

Pheasant small
And plumply fat,
Deny the wild and hungry cat
His breakfast.

Run, little pheasant, run.

© 2021 Gwen Grant

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7 thoughts on “PLAIN BROWN DRESS

  1. Hello
    What happened?
    Until a few minutes ago you were my follower and now you are not anymore.
    This thing makes me very sorry because I am your follower and I follow you with pleasure.
    Did you accidentally click the follow button 2 times?
    Let me know, please


  2. This is as much a surprise to me as it is to you. Natalia. My computer has been acting up –
    well not my computer but Plusnet. I have two Likes from you so I’m going to click on them and
    surely, we should go back to normal. Let me know if it doesn’t. I love your Blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I vote for Team Pheasant! This is a great poem.

    Gwen, I would like to mention that your Gravatar on WordPress takes people who click it onto an old and expired link instead of directly to your website – just in case you wanted a heads up.


  4. So glad you liked the poem and thank you for the information about Gravatar. We’ll
    take it up with them. Kind of you to take the time.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. To be sure, it goes to gwengrantbooks.Wordpress instead of gwengrantpoems. I’ve done a quick Google on how to alter it and the steps look a little mystifying. Perhaps it’s fixed via the WordPress Dashboard? (I found your blog by manually entering it in Search).


  6. We have had problems with the address in the past. Many thanks for your helpful comments
    and we are still looking for the solution.

    Liked by 1 person

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