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Near Miss

Photo by Andrew Ly on Unsplash

Predators miss more often than we know.
Hawks may strike a mere glancing blow.
Sharks grow confused in schools of silverfish.
Wolves go hungry more often than they wish.

Chance and change will sometimes intercede,
and the hunter overlook a tantalizing lead,
or stumble past a trail not long grown cold
where a wild heart strayed a scant moment ago.



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Deborah Barchi

Deborah Barchi

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.