Wednesday, January 10, 2018

porcupine fell

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.
porcupine fell. 
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,
 moved carefully, 
turned and 
 walked across to another of the cedar trunks.
and then up porcupine climbed, 
quickly moving to a new place on a cedar branch
to browse.
(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.


Karen Larko said...

Porcupines are so cute and they make the sweetest sounds.

Velma Bolyard said...

karen, i like what valerianna calls it: a little troll language. to me it sounds like a grumbly old guy going about his business. they are fascinating animals.

Roxanne said...

Pema Chodron says "every moment is an opportunity for lovingkindness."
I say especially to one's self.

Velma Bolyard said...

roxanne, yes. another thing to remember, to others and self.

Mo Crow said...

love these insights into porcupine's wisdom! half a lifetime ago when I had no home, no job and no idea what I was going to do next a friend said, "You're in free fall enjoy the ride, how many times in your life do you get to have no deadlines to meet, no bills to pay, etc etc... he was right!

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, oh ha. wise words...

Sandy said...

When I saw the title, I said Oh No! Glad to hear the porkypine is back to business. all across the world we are worrying about and learning from this busy creature!

Velma Bolyard said...

sandy, this morning there was again vigorous activity near the spot where the fall occurred monday. such lack of concern reminds me of teenage boys, skates and thin ice.

Barry said...

Hi V - glad to see the critter had a short fall and into the snow - hours of entertainment. B

Penny said...

I am enjoying the porcupine adventures. I didn't know they were so big.

Velma Bolyard said...

barry, yep. never a dull moment in the great white north!
penny, this is a still small one, i've seen some perhaps twice as large. remember those quills fluff up maybe 3 inches all the way around...

neki desu said...

lovely! porcupine fell

Hazel said...

I'm thinking that a porcupine might make a very good spirit animal (alongside a polar bear)

Velma Bolyard said...

hazel, HA! us?

Hazel said...

Well, that thought made me smile SO big! oxo

Velma Bolyard said...

hazel, i'm a prickly one all right, but maybe we can trade them as needed...

Hazel said...

Well, I tend to growl and bite!

Velma Bolyard said...

hazel, we're both in on this then. i like that thought, too.

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