DEER WATCHING

by joannagilmanhyde

The Hawk Outpost 7:40pm

The Deer here are the colour

of very early Spring

They emerge from the undergrowth

like apparitions materializing

from rounded ears & noses

necks & torsos

heading for the neighbours’ carrots

on high-stepping dainty hooves

pausing only to blend Their buff coats

against a lawn

of very late winter