If a Deer Runs in a Forest

It’s just past sunrise when I see him. I wonder why he’s there alone, the little deer. I wonder if he’s one of the twins, I saw lying in the grass a day or two before. His light brown coat blends into the woods so well that I almost missed him. We both stopped walking. His ears twitch, and I see him sniffing the air. I take one step, and he takes one step. Finally—though I want to stay– I walk on, as quietly as I can. I feel like I’m disturbing his peace, though the sight of him has made my day. Later, when I see a group of deer resting together, I wonder if he’s there amongst them, with his family and friends. I wonder if they missed him when he was off on his own, and if they are all happy to be together again.

 

fawn loses his spots,

russet leaves fall to the ground–

time passes unheard

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This is for dVerse’s Haibun Monday, where qbit/Randall is the guest pub tender. He asks us to write about one member or element of a group. So, I guess that little deer made a big impression on me. I’m also linking to Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, where it’s open prompt words or “poet’s choice.”

44 thoughts on “If a Deer Runs in a Forest

    • Thank you, Ken. That’s so funny. Well, I was walking, and then I stopped, so I guess my heartbeat went down. I had been in a kind of a bad mood, and seeing him was kind of magical.

  1. Beautiful haiku, Merril. There’s a portion of my commute to work in the morning where I have to put my high beams on and drive cautiously because I’ve had some close calls with fawns and their mothers crossing the road. They are so beautiful.

  2. It has always seemed such a remarkable trait of the species to me, fawns born without scent so the does must leave them alone for their protection. I’ll always remember the day of my daughter’s birth when I labored outside in the mountains and a doe nursed her twin fawns before my eyes. Spirit creatures:)

  3. Pingback: Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 104, “Poet’s Choice of Words”, #SynonymsOnly | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

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