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between the between

owls fly back toward the dark mice forage forward into the talons of the sun the tramp and scurry of predators and prey pass each other over a margin between light and dark at such a crossroad a lilting truce lulls the fox forgets the scent of the rabbit the thrush goes blind to the worm seeking eyes mist over softly purrs the panther it is a pinched respite where the last tangles of gloom fade before lights first flush an abeyance a melting moment for both hunter and hunted yet too soon the day glares out a fleeting calm dissolved in a feral instant all must now pad paths of peril take to the hawk-eyed tracks again run the blood-splattered trails beyond that narrow pause betwixt the to and fro of each in-between

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