Nighttime in the Woods

Daylight slowly releases it's grip
	and the dark becomes the master.
The woodland visitor now escapes this alien realm
	to seek the security of his bed,
Whether sleeping bag, or a more protected recluse.
	But when the sun goes down
The creatures of the night venture forth,
	creeping so quietly and masked in darkness.
 Sleep locks the drama safely away,
 	but insomnia can at times provide clues
Clues that something is about;
	a scratching, a soft bang, or muted growl;  
Can tempt one to leave that comforting warmth
	to sate newly aroused curiosity.
A rich moment to be captured   
	as flashlight  beam reveals pairs of glistening, red eyes!
Fat, furry bodies or sleek ones with enormous tails,
 	respond with silent retreat only to reappear
As  camp ground attractions prove too irresistible.
	Normal fear is over shadowed by visceral necessity.
I have lived these special moments.
	Though somewhat painful to leave one's bed,
So carefully heated with body warmth and position snugly found,
	the effort well worth the reward.
Moments treasured long after discomfort of rising
	has been erased when once the deed is done.
Experience with earth's wild creatures:
 	a never ending source of excitement and wonder!

(Dave Hanks)