Little ringtail possum, wide eyed and innocent!
Muddy red paw-prints
track from feast
to slumber between summertime chairs.
Pink toes should be curled in rejuvenating sleep.
Eyes should be closed
snoring gently and dreaming.
Instead, warily awake and alert,
planning her next escapade of bounding gleefully, noisily, persistently, across the grey wooden deck
with joyful abandon ...
- before dawn.