excuse the focus
when i'm in a hurry i struggle with technology
so i couldn't get the camera on it.
porcupine was in the cedar,
i was working at the table.
out of the corner of my eye
i saw a dark gray earthbound flash in the morning light.
i turned and saw the landing, grabbed the camera, and ran to catch the action.
stunned porcupine paused and took stock of the situation.
i could see that the fall was small, six feet, perhaps seven.
still, porcupine paused,
walked across to another of the cedar trunks.
and then up porcupine climbed,
quickly moving to a new place on a cedar branch
(have i mentioned those marvelous climbing feet?)
on the omnipresent facebook i was advised
that porcupines do fall.
evidence is their healed broken bones.
when i was told this, i worried at first
this small one seemed only a little vexed
by the inconvenience of falling.
this is a lesson that
i want to learn.