Summer Hare

In a late summer light circus,

Shards of watery sunshine

Moved in and out of focus.

From my hide of grass I noticed,

Unaware that I was there,

A large-eared hare

Lolling in the meadow.

With twitching nose

And whiskers trembling,

It made a sudden spring;

With lopsided gait it broke into a run,

Burnished fur glimmering in the sun.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Summer Hare

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27 thoughts on “Summer Hare

  1. What an amazing, and exciting moment you have captured with your keen poet’s eye. I love the watery sunshine and the hare acting so freely without knowing he had been spotted.

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  2. “Burnished fur glimmering in the sun” This image is lovely, as is the photo you share. Love the hare as a subject — so often we read of hares as silly, puzzling characters — beautiful to read of one as he is in nature.

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  3. This is wonderful! You captured the hare perfectly here with your words.
    We’ve had lots of rabbits here this year. I see them grazing and running across the yard. I guess rabbits are smaller than hares?

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    1. Yes, hares are really quite big and not as colourful as rabbits.Hares also have longer hind legs and longer ears with characteristic black markings. A rabbit’s fur stays the same colour all year round, while hares change from greyish brown in summer to white in winter.

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      1. Thank you for the explanation! I don’t think I ever see rabbits around here in winter. I haven’t even seen much of them lately, but they were very active earlier in the summer.

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