Monday, August 29, 2016

So Much For Safety Numbers

I suspect the wolves are predators of reindeer
But until today I never knew they had also lightning to fear
If a fish safety in numbers is why we see large schools
Making it easier for the nearest incoming predator to fool
Musk Ox when confronted by a roving wolf pack
Form a circle of horns facing outward to ward off an expected attack attack
Reindeer in Norway were enduring a thunder storm huddled together in a false  security sense
Belted by rain that from an angry sky that must have been intense
Maybe reindeer antlers are like lightning rods made of steel
Standing on the wet ground in the open would make it harder for lightning strikes to repeal
Out of the dark and stormy sky one or more bolts of lightning this reached down from the sky
In a instant more than 300 reindeer quickly died
© August 29, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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