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by cheryl latif

in one seamless moment
i cease fooling with words
sense a presence
look up to find a doe
outside my window.

framed by lush green
conifers & ferns
her small, majestic stature
breathless wild beauty, stilled.

in the common language of babes
two fawns nestle against her legs
their coats dotted
their movements less than fluid.

slowly, i breathe in
slowly, as though anything less measured
might ripple the air between us
send them away.

i long for an offering
a way to dissolve all that stands between us
—more than glass
— less than skin—
and watch while she guides by example
(keeping me in her sight)
teaching life's lessons step by step:
graceful stretch of sinew
lithe intent.


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