The deer under the willow tree

A swathe of freshly rain-washed green

With sunlight spangles in between,

Against this backdrop I can see

The deer under the willow tree.

The creature has a languid gait

As if it’s waiting for its mate;

I only hope it can’t see me,

The deer under the willow tree.

Its eyes are pools of blackest jet

In which a diamond light is set.

A woodland child, its life is free,

The deer under the willow tree

Emerging from a clutch of weeds,

Covered with bits of twig and seeds,

A newly born, a fawn I see,

The deer under the willow tree.

Deer under the willow tree

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24 thoughts on “The deer under the willow tree

  1. Lovely! “With sunlight spangles in between,” I especially love this line. And I think you’ve captured the innocence of the newborn fawn in your pacing and choice of words and most especially in the repetition of “The deer under the willow tree.” I like the willow tree image for this refrain — it provides cover — almost like a blanket of nature over the fawn….as opposed to a stately tall oak which would be “harder.”
    Really enjoyed this read over my morning coffee!

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  2. I love this! So beautiful.

    These are my favorite sections:

    “The creature has a languid gait
    As if it’s waiting for its mate;
    I only hope it can’t see me,
    The deer under the willow tree.”

    “A woodland child, its life is free,
    The deer under the willow tree.”

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    1. Thank you. As I write this, a young deer is grazing just outside my window, next to the willow tree – it’s eating a willow shrub, soaked through as it has been raining all day.

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