Ebony trees and mottly skies
contrast the walls of snowdrop white
with latticed glass and black oak beams.
Magpies peer down from lofty eaves
as cross and chevrons guide our eyes
to telltale wisps from tall chimneys.
While on the lawn at close of day
badgers emerge to take the stage
witnessed from the trees, the deer.
While yet nervous, bowed heads feed,
poised ears, black nostrils, watchful eyes
each white rump signals silently.