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The Deer at Dawn



First light and the deer come floating
Down from the ridge and across the yard.
Through mist that trails like smoke
Across the fields of snow.
Now and then their heads rise out of the fog
And look around.
They know there is food here somewhere
Beneath the mounds of worn down snow.
Here and there a paw will scratch and then
A head and neck bend down into the soft
Like swimmers timidly approaching the
Their invisible lips disturb the snow
Where one has found food, the others
And their bodies emerge from the shelter
Of mist
And they are lean with legs that tremble
A ghostly sun appears in the sky
Too weak to cast a shadow
In our kitchen the dogs are whimpering
It is the plan of their kind
To hunt, to savor the chasing
Their eyes reproach us
We have disturbed the laws of nature
Soon the crust of snow will soften
The animals will sink into the slush.
One by one the members
Of the small herd begin their ascent
Up the slope they follow the pale sunlight
Once among the trees they disappear.



Author’s Bio:
Marian Veverka’s poetry has appeared in A Prairie Journal, Up the Staircase, HB-4, Concise Delight, and Umbrella” (The Bumbershoot Issue). She is retired from working in a library, a widow, a mother of six now adult children, and a grandmother. She lives in the country and likes to write about nature.

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