You dont want to read this
It wasnt my experience
at first. A friend gave it to me
to keep: theyd all been stomping through
the woods, as people do, and then,
a deera buckfull, six-point horns,
darted outaway from themand
charged into a wire fence,
He landed on whichever side.
The part that sticks in them for good
is the image: the stag, his crown
the only anchor to the ground,
his body thrashing in the air,
upright in a sick vertical.
They had to watch. They couldn’t leave.
They couldn’t help.
And it kept on, for minutes more.
They wept, and told me later of
this huge beautiful living thing
dying, and like that. Then they had
to call to have the deer removed.
And all of us had to decide
where to shelve the new memory.
It breeds an anger
at fences, at cars, at people
tramping past their own little boxed
yes, my hatred of trains; brakeless,
thundering-forward progress. Well,
efficiency be damned.
I’d derail each line
with my teeth
and my lifed still be