Deer morning

The photo is one from last autumn. I couldn’t take one this morning as I didn’t want the dogs to notice them…

Deer morning

Early morning
window opens
onto golden sun slanting low
catches red gold animal fire
ambling of two young deer
through the willows

gentle-eyed as cows
black-lined soft
their gaze meets mine
unafraid in their
warm-blooded grace.

Woodpecker battery and oriole chorus
fall silent in my head
green and gold hush
pools in stillness
water-dazzle in the long grass
beyond the stubble

where hooves step
heads lowered grazing
long ears twitching
and I watch
always from the outside
or the inside
always from another side
always émerveillée.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

10 thoughts on “Deer morning”

    1. Thank you 🙂 It’s lazy, but sometimes the word that comes to mind is a French one and it’s hard to think what I’d say (better) in English. You’ll have felt that too (obviously) with a different word to describe it xxx

  1. This is lovely, and so is the photo. My sister always has deer at her farm. So sweet and gentle.

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