Waiting with Bated Breath

He waits in silence—his scent masked, face painted, dressed in camouflage head to toe—alert for any sign of the enemy. Keyed up for the kill, he texts quietly to pass the time—eager to learn how much his investments have grown in the past hour.

Suddenly the enemy steps out from behind heavy cover and into range. The assassin tenses, every muscle in his body taut and ready for battle. He’s hoping to make a “clean” kill. Somewhere in the back of his mind is the vague, indistinct notion that a sloppy shot might cause his quarry to suffer; but of far greater import to him are the bragging rights among his comrades if his shot hits the mark, and the fact that an injured enemy could get away.

As his intended victim moves in closer, unaware of his presence (perched in a tree stand just overhead), the killer draws back the string of his compound bow and lets fly an aluminum arrow with a razor-sharp steel point (available tax-free in any sporting goods shop in his state, thanks to him). The arrow hits the target broadside, but as luck would have it the shot misses the heart, and sure enough the wounded enemy escapes…

But fear not, the “enemy” isn’t a dangerous terrorist out to destroy the American way of life. He’s a gentle, doe-eyed deer, peacefully minding his own business.  And the killer is not Rambo or some other heroic mercenary type, here to rid the world of bad guys. It’s just Paul Ryan, who, despite his cruel streak and his habit of bullying defenseless deer and wild turkeys, could wake up a week from now and find himself second in charge—only a heartbeat away from Commander in Chief—of the nation with the most destructive weapons on Earth.

The world waits with bated breath…

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson


13 thoughts on “Waiting with Bated Breath

  1. “…the “enemy” isn’t a dangerous terrorist out to destroy the American way of life. He’s a gentle, doe-eyed deer, peacefully minding his own business.”

    Terrifying that they may win….

  2. If he EVER wond…god help us. The only good thing to come out of it would be that those who voted for the pair of them will get “theirs”.

      • I’m from the UK and he scares the hell out of me too.

        I was really hopeful for your country and the world when Obama prevailed over McCain (another moron!) four years ago, but things seem to have changed a tad since then. And not for the better. What’s happening in the US that a pair of morons like Romney/Ryan could even be considered for any kind of office? In most other countries they’d end up in a padded cell!

      • Hello 🙂

        I am up online after Sandy blew through.

        Please, anyone thinking of voting will just hurt Our Planet.

        Vote for the the candidate who does the LESS damage than the other.

        It may sound cold-hearted but what other choice do we have?

        VOTE against Romney, et al!!

        Hello Jim and Gail 🙂

        I am still trying to work out the bugs with Comcast.

        What a storm!!

      • Why don’t we “round up” all those “hunters” and give them a taste of their own medicine?

        The answer is simple and clear-cut. Aware or not aware.

        The Earth wants nothing more than to live and survive toward the next generation.

        Can we as humans say less?

        This practice of “penning” is nothing more than a concentration camp for NON HUMANS to destroy life.

        How much “Sport” do you get when the Poor critters cannot escape? Oh what fun to chase and bully!

        These psychopaths should be in a local rehab.

        I do not approve of ANY Species put through such TERROR 😦


        Here we go.

        It is HORRIFIC.

        Do not turn away. It is easy to turn a blind eye.


        Gail sent me the info.

        THANK YOU GAIL 🙂

        I have seen, and cared for, neglected Critters.

        The World population is looking at the USA with disdain.

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