A Day in the Forest: Yeats Challenge

I didn’t get my Yeats Challenge post up yesterday, so here’s Day Sixteen. I’m also linking it to Dverse’s Open Link Night.  

Jane chose this quotation for Day Sixteen:

“Do you not hear me calling, white deer with no horns?”—W.B. Yeats

 

At dawn the robin sings to greet the coming of the day,

the sun rises then in golden glow to brightly light the way,

across the sky, excited geese soar high in V formation

honking directions and chattering in winged conversations.

 

Young lovers meander in noontime explorations,

declaring their love in breathless exclamations,

taking breaks from work or school for this, a secret tryst,

holding hands, then coming closer, sharing their first kiss.

 

Later, the young white deer gambols in the gloaming

still young without his horns, carefree in his roaming,

but never too far does he wander from his mother’s side

bleating to her when he is scared, listening for her replies.

 

The owl spreads her wings, takes flight in the blackness of the night

she hoots from a branch to tell her mate that everything is right,

nocturnal creatures flit and scurry under the humming moon,

and in an upstairs room, we sleep, dreaming to the tune.

 

Franz_Marc_-_Deer_in_the_Forest_I_-_Google_Art_Project

Franz Marc, “Deer in the Forest,” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

31 thoughts on “A Day in the Forest: Yeats Challenge

  1. Okay, I’m sorry. I don’t want to sound too gushy. But this poem is BRILLIANT. Simply brilliant. I’ve read it to myself, and then out loud, and now silently again, with such pleasure. You are a poet’s poet, Merril. But you’re also an accessible poet whose poems speak volumes even to those of us who aren’t well-versed in poetry.

  2. Franz Marc is one of my favorite artists! His art decorated a lot of my Mom’s UNICEF holiday cards.
    I think this is very sweet with a whole cast of animals~ owls, robin, deer, geese. . .
    My favorite passage was the young deer and his gamboling in the gloaming. xo

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