Raider #midnighthaiku

Small, feared and reviled

Shadowing man’s every step

The hunter hunted


I sit upon the garden step, seeking shade… quiet, unmoving. You run across the stones, almost skidding to a halt as you see me. We look at each other, frozen in a moment. Intelligence shines from your eyes. I am supposed to fear you, but I smile. I acknowledge your power of destruction… your species and mine share that propensity. I find you innocent… and beautiful.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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15 Responses to Raider #midnighthaiku

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  3. Sadje says:

    Aww, cute.


  4. Watch out! The plague!

    (though currently humans are probably more likely to carry the plague than the rodents)


  5. Alli Templeton says:

    I agree with you, Sue. They’re really cute – just like squirrels without the fluffy tail. I once worked with a man who owned two rats called Alcock and Brown, and not only were they cute and affectionate, they were very intelligent, as you say. Poor things need a good press for once – it’s about time we forgave them for the Plague and moved on… 🙂


    • Sue Vincent says:

      The Plague wasn’t even their fault… we have to blame the fleas.
      But I’llnever forget my son phoning me to ask if there were such a thing as ‘bald-tailed squirrels’ as he had one on his bird feeder 😀


      • Alli Templeton says:

        The fleas indeed, yet it’s always the poor rats that seem to get the blame. Maybe they’d benefit from a name change – perhaps ‘bald-tailed squirrels’ would do the trick. 😊 I’ve seen them on bird feeders too.


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