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Days, not so long ago,

Trip to the hills on the cards,

A hilltop cottage,

Promising sightings of wildlife,

Was earmarked,

Images of tigers, leopards on their night time prowl,

Waiting to be sighted by us conjured,

Us, equipped with torchlights,

With coffee mugs by the side,

Ready to sacrifice sleep and spot,

Alas! The mighty cats chose a different route that day,

It wasn’t our lucky night,

But, as the saying goes,

Patience always pays,

We weren’t to be disappointed by a herd of deers,

Who chose the early hours of dawn,

To pay a visit to the riverbank,

Our wildlife spotting wasn’t to go in vain,

If not for the mighty cats, the humble deers graced the occasion.

120 words.

Backstory :- This poem is based on our experience on a visit to B.R Hills, Karnataka, India, last year. We had booked a hilltop cottage, similar to one in picture above. Ready to sacrifice sleep and engage in wildlife spotting, a.k.a, the mighty cats( tigers and leopards found in that area), we geared up for a long night. Alas, we were disappointed, but the humble deers in the wee hours of morning, didn’t disappoint us at all.

Acknowledgements :- Thank you Reena Ma’am for running the challenge at Reena’s Exploration Challenge. For rules please refer here. Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

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  1. Reminds me of my Jim Corbett visit – we could see only swamp deer (Barasinghas). My colleagues bought a stuffed tiger toy, and got themselves photographed on the grass with this toy in the distant background πŸ™‚ They wanted to show their kids that they had seen a tiger.

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