Is this a poem?
I’m not sure.
But this is what happened
just as I was wondering
whether I have a life….
Taking the long walk this evening
we turned left at the intersection
and headed downhill around a curve.
The narrow road stretches between houses
silent with stately lawns that lounge
before, around and behind them—
beautifully landscaped and green.
Well-kept trees rustle in cool downdrafts
from the sky overcast and heavy with
misty air and the still-warm remains of this day.
We come up over a slight rise
and see her—a doe standing downhill
frozen at full attention on the road–
tentative and alert as if to inquire
after our intentions or take our measure.
Behind us, a car approaches in the distance.
In a flash the doe bounded into the bushes
turned and looked back across the road–
A second doe leapt across the road,
then turned to look back expectantly.
After a long pause a fawn stumbled noisily
across the road followed by a second fawn
and then silence as the little family dashed
into the trees and shrubs with their
white tails flashing….
I’m pretty sure I have a life.
It’s just that many days it isn’t as planned.
Predictability has flown into the woods
and left me playing life by ear.
©Elouise Renich Fraser, 19 September 2017
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