Thursday, June 2, 2022

Peaceable kingdom

The bucks around here 
Tend to be pretty competitive, 
So when this fawn began sneaking up 
To a resting male, I watched anxiously, 
Hoping she wouldn’t get kicked 
(I’d seen that happen before). 
But after a brief nuzzle, she danced away, 
Unharmed, made a bouncing circuit of our yard, 
Then returned to her mother to nurse, 
And I breathed a sigh of relief: 
In a world beset by violence, 
I’m learning to treasure 
 These rare instances of peace…

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