Out of breath he staggered to the edge
not realising the sheer drop
in turmoil uncertain of what to do next
he sensed the men were close
it was meant to be a short break away
sounds here he could not stay!
Nowhere to run made an instant decision
there was a river far below
so jumped that was how desperate he felt
better to die than be captured
time seemed to stop closed his eyes tight
hit water adding to the plight!
A fast flowing river pulled him underneath
choking trying to breathe
keeping his head above water stayed afloat
until the current eased
to the rocky bank weak managed to crawl
in a muddy pool did sprawl!
The rest was short he could hear the dogs
an awful emotion terror
he had only asked them being lost the way
from a friendly request
they suddenly tried to drag him from his car
drove away did not get far!
Their shotgun pellets smashed into the glass
then bursts the rear tyres
now out of control swerved into a nearby tree
instinct gave him flight
the adrenaline gave him the strength to run
but began to feel he was done!
Somehow managed to stand and slowly walk
realised the pain in his arm
this was what kept him going he was the prey
for some crazy hunters today
almost crawling up and over the crest of a hill
with all his being did he will!
Could see a road some distance down below
a steep slope the barrier
men and hounds were closing in a shot fired
if it was his end it had to be
forcing himself over he started to roll faster
of his destiny no longer master!
Agony had permeated his body to weak to cry
he lay broken in a ditch
through blurred vision saw a lorry approaching
no longer caring if he existed
losing consciousness never saw the vehicle stop
nor hunters observing from the top!
Several days later awoke in an intensive care ward
relived he was at last safe
until he saw one of the hunters sitting by the bed
dressed in a sheriffs uniform
his uninjured arm in a handcuff clipped to a side rail
had he reached the end of the trail!
Petrified at the situation what was happening to him?
The Foureyed Poet.