One in love with forest folks

Resilient Mule DeerCarelessly I spooked them
startled them into running
maybe 30 yards before stopping
turning in curiosity to see
or smell if possible who or what
walked in among them so unannounced
as to almost be one of them.

But no, he’s a two-legged one
moving slowly and singing something
a lover’s melody about awe and beauty
dark doe eyes and tan fur and long ears
slender legs of grace and lips for choosing
and a white rump as tails lift in flight…

I shall dress more carefully next time
being sure to wear my antlers
and wrap in my tan blanket of fur
remembering to walk alertly
as I sniff the air for odors
left by the women kind for such as I
one in love with forest folks
whether they be wearers of fur or bark
scales or feathers or fins matters not
for I am no discriminator
against this deep self of origin and nourishment
my family of my belonging.


  1. tom

    10/16/2017 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks Larry

  2. Cheryl Slover-Linett

    10/16/2017 at 2:58 pm

    Very sweet, they are your family.

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