Camping on moorland just needed a break
alone with his tent and nature
or that was how it was planned to much on
falling out with partner
solitude was what had always kept him sane
this was how he wanted to remain!
Fresh air and a warm starry night it was good
alone without argument
never able to do the right thing he pondered
sipping his hot coffee
in his own world when he first heard a cry
like an injured animal close by!
Had a walk around his camp but saw nothing
the view was magnificent
sheep and ponies grazed some distance away
it was then nerves came into play
realising the isolation until now had not cared
his very well-being bared!
On the grassy hillside no other human near
close by was swampy ground
saw a walker heading up to his high position
surprised as there was no path
through the water-logged low ground below
seemed to be moving slow!
Looking forward for a chat just sat and waited
then were lost from his view
flustered got up the person he tried to locate
but they had simply gone
knew another night would have to spend here
that was certainly clear!
Began to miss the quarrels he had left to avoid
as the temperature dropped
settling in his tent for one more lonely night
found it hard to relax
odd noises outside made him shiver with dismay
felt he had become the prey!
On the other side of the thin material breathing
well thought it could be
shuffling as if somebody was slowly approaching
almost afraid to take a breath
summoned up the courage to take a quick peek
an explanation to seek!
Cautiously took a look a shape he could just see
red eyes stared back at him
a mist swirled upon the ground what was this
a high-pitched shriek
as the thing charged this was the end he thought
next memory woke distraught!
The tent had gone laid on top of his sleeping bag
at his feet saw hoof marks
in the soft grass here still completely alone
gathered his belongings
just left as quickly as he could physically walk
with other people needed to talk!
A few days later his body was found on a trail path
trampled as if by a hoofed animal
there were no clues to what had actually happened
his wife informed by wallet contents
another death on this land they could not explain
animals were not allowed on the terrain!
The Foureyed Poet.