poem: deer

This silent space
is filled with me and
a small fly careening
around in circles.

Outside each oak leaf
dips and shakes just slightly
in a hardly
perceptible breeze.

I scared a deer this morning.
He was munching
on tall grasses
in the wide open field.

My approach was quiet.
I kept my head low
and paused
to see how close I might get.

At fifteen feet
his head jerked up.
He snorted, turned, and bounded
away; tail lifted.

He seemed shocked
by his own carelessness,
letting me be there;
so unknowingly close.

Close enough to feel underfoot
each leap he took;
white tail waving,
gone in a flash.

2 thoughts on “poem: deer

  1. Hi there. I wanted to say thank you for posting this poem…I am working up the courage to begin posting poetry to my blog, too. My favorite part: your description of feeling the deer’s retreat through the vibrations of the earth. Awesome. Please keep posting your poems! –Laura


    1. Laura thank you so much for your kind words, it really means a lot to me that you even read my poem. I have been silent in the blog world lately- it’s tough having no Internet at home- blogging from my phone is not ideal. Soon, it should all be changing so I will be blogging more (and writing more poems!) thanks again.


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