#2,668 Struck in Sussex

I struck a hen pheasant
[in my rear-view] she
burst & rolled –
I should
have turned around
see her as dead –
a trick
not employed enough]
but –
instead –
I kept on
that twisting lane’s run
from her fast flutters –
clipped a bounding fat
badger on Ashdown –
was gone on my return
[£20 bounties paid out
by TB researchers for a
fresh body] –
A hen will
only reward on a plate
& not pay out –
learned in Sussex days