birch on bank of stream

birch on bank of stream

birch on bank of stream
last leaves of fall float away
drift slowly past deer

loud crack of hunter’s rifle
buck and doe look up in fright

This tanka is my response to Jane Dougherty’s A Month with Yeats: Day Twenty-One (each day a new Yeats quote).

“…by water among the trees
The delicate-stepping stag and his lady sigh”
W.B. Yeats

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8 thoughts on “birch on bank of stream

  1. nicely done, I abhor hunting when it sends the deer running for their life, but gotta cull the herd somehow for suffering sake of overpopulation or bad winters and food scarcity….nice job, I can visualize this as if it were yesterday in NY 🙂 kudos.

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      • The thing about culling is that it is a completely human perspective. Who says there are too many deer? Too many for what? If there are ‘too many’ there are not enough natural predators. Why? Because we’ve shot them all. Vicious circle, but always to the benefit of the hunting community.

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