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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 4, December 2014

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Clifford William Lindemann
Broederstroom, North West, South Africa


Nature's Tempest

The tall Washington Palm in my rural South African garden has been home to a small Spotted Genet for some time. This wild cat has caused much grief, eating my prized Singing Quail and leaving many of our indigenous Potch Koekoek chickens headless.

Often as we sat calmly sipping summer sun downers, we saw our 'non-paying guest' as it sprinted bushy-tailed from its home to the top of the high garden wall. It used the wall as a highway to the hen-house. Sometimes, returning home at night, we saw its bright, bush-baby eyes reflecting from the trees.

This morning I am torn from reading when screams pierce the rural silence. I rush out of the house to find Ruby, my German Shepherd, has caught our furry friend and broken its back. My bereft wife is left speechless. I have the unpleasant duty to put the poor animal down. We bury her at the base of her Washington Palm.

Later, as we sit silently drinking morning tea, Ruby lies on the patio floor, unperturbed by our gloom.

winter dusk
the sky
an uncut ruby

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