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Sagittarius

But the hawk is dead. The hunter has succumbed in the night and the hunt is over.

Raucous, braying, a horn proclaimed the first light. Behind a wall of heavy grey rocks the sound of gushing river water improved the atmosphere and a hushed tune from a diminutive bird echoed through the scrubland.

Gigantic eyes, feathers like clouds, dark, hidden in its cave, the ancient owl gazed out across the deep wooded valley. It watched two dogs, black and white, glaring in opposite quarters, yet travelling in the same direction, snarling at the new day. The track way they swaggered along was edged with nine tree trunks, bare as prison bars. It led up to a gate, railed, locked to prevent intruders and run-a-ways.

Heavy hearted the captive searched for an escape route. A small perfectly round hole, a peephole, cut into an upright finger of stone, provided the only way out. The getaway flight came effortlessly to the prisoner. A few beats of gossamer wings and an easily achieved freedom became a joyous dance as the escapee, relaxing into its normal state, returned to patrolling the riverside.

Under the surface, in the clear depths of the running river, a salmon waited for breakfast. It glimpsed the turquoise shining body and the black outline of its next meal and ended a short tour of duty in one leap. The detainee had enjoyed a moment of fleeting freedom but now it too was dead.

Submerged the hunter was unaware of the father and son on the bank. Sat by the limestone crags they had come early to the river. The underwater hunter was innocent of their desire for fish. Five walkers with strong sticks passed just as the son hooked the salmon, and congratulated him on the fine catch.

Gigantic eyes, feathers like clouds, dark, hidden in its cave, the ancient owl gazed out across the deep wooded valley and wept. This was a dark purple day for hunters.

Three ravens wheeled over the precipice, above the owl’s cave. The first dropped a feather. Picked up by one of the five walkers it was fashioned into the flight for an arrow. An arrow that was, later that same day, to cause the death of a King hunting for deer.

Page last updated: 13th Jan 2011