Jungle dawn

A small clearing amidst the trailing vines 

A window into another world


A mushroom nods imperceptibly 

as a green shadow glides by


A cheetah sleeps on a brown branch 

its tail tuft twitching gently 


A few deer rest some yards away

in a truce called by the failing light


A butterfly with eyes on its wings 

alights for a second 

closing, opening 


Two dew drops fall in unison 

from two different trees 


The sun hesitates, 

mopping frosty droplets from his face 

reluctant to wake up the dreamy glade 


No flurry in the forest at dawn 

only life going on.

 ©Reena Prasad 20th Sept. 2012


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