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  • Gary Hunter

The Shiest Deer - March 10, 2022

there’s always a poem waiting

in a crack of night

as there are many hidden

in the light of day

you know one’s there

you can feel it

almost see it

maybe caught a glimpse

so how do you pet a shy deer?

by replacing the desire

in your fingers with

offering it something

it loves - corn

a poem is no different

hold a few shucked kernels

of your sweetest and curious

self in your open hand

and don’t make a move

until she licks the pen


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