I’d seen
their hoofprints in the deep
needles and knew
they ended the long night
under the pines, walking
like two mute
and beautiful women toward
the deeper woods, so I
got up in the dark and
went there. They came
slowly down the hill
and looked at me sitting under
the blue trees, shyly
they stepped
closer and stared
from under their thick lashes and even
nibbled some damp
tassels of weeds. This
is not a poem about a dream,
though it could be.
This is a poem about the world
that is ours, or could be.
one of them—I swear it!—
would have come to my arms.
But the other
stamped sharp hoof in the
pine needles like
the tap of sanity,
and they went off together through
the trees. When I woke
I was alone,
I was thinking:
so this is how you swim inward,
so this is how you flow outward,
so this is how you pray.

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Mercedes Dembo
almost 5 years

Such a close communion with the deer, feels like stillness surrounds. She sees her inner world and bring it out. A deep spiritual poem.
As you well said cuauhtémoc intuition is the emotional intelligence.

Ingeborg von Finsterwalde/Waltraud I Mack
about 5 years

If it was a dream I would count myself very lucky to have experienced it.
If it was reality you were beyond the pleasure of an occasion that most of us witness .
Stunning poem.

Cory Garcia
almost 8 years


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