The Owl and Nightingale…excerpt into a tanka

Where new seed is sown
Sparrow, goldfinch, rook, and crow
Do not dare come near
If your body is dangling
Close at hand to the boundary.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Connect the Dots.”
From Middle English Literature page 82  “The Owl and the Nightingale” – sentence three is line 1129-1132 – Translated from early Middle English into a Tanka.