Wednesday, February 2, 2011

doe a deer

The Faces of Deer
When for too long I don't go deep enough
into the woods to see them, they begin to
enter my dreams. Yes, there they are, in the
pinewoods of my inner life. I want to live a life
full of modesty and praise. Each hoof of each
animal makes the sign of a heart as it touches
then lifts away from the ground. Unless you
believe that heaven is very near, how will you
find it? Their eyes are pools in which one
would be content, on any summer afternoon,
to swim away through the door of the world.
Then, love and its blessing. Then: heaven.

by Mary Oliver (b. 1935) poet
the faces of deer was published in 2006

today is the 6th annual brigid poetry festival!

to mark the feast of brigid (candlemas, and groundhog day) many in the bloggyhood are celebrating with a giant cyber poetry slam! participants are asked to post a favorite poem; once more I return to mary oliver.


there were more faces of deer but I was slow on clicking the shutter and managed to capture only one, no I will not say shoot. but maybe I was fine on the shutter and the deer werelight of foot.

to wander amongst naked trees
and to have a chance encounter with a fellow creature
a blessing of heaven

doe a deer, do re mi flash mob from the central station in antwerp - poetry in motion! and a vid that doesn't fail to make me feel oh so good.


Roy said...

Huh! That almost looks like the view out the back door here. Although we're more likely to see deer down at the other end of the drive rather than in the woods behind the house.

Gianni said...

And now, I can't get that song out of my head... Hee Hee!

Alan Burnett said...

One day I would like to organise a fight between poetry and photography and see which wins.

Reya Mellicker said...

Modesty and praise - yes. I've seen Mary Oliver all over the place this morning. She knows everything. Wow.

Happy Imbolc, Kim!!

Kate Hanley said...

Great pic and poem. And yes, that song just makes you feel good!

Betsy Brock said...

Lovely deer, Dear. :) And poem.

and I just love that video! You cannot possibly watch without smiling!

Watson said...

That video always makes me smile. I think it's the surprise and delight on some people's faces even more than the music.

Happy Brigid day. Any sensible groundhog would stay in bed where it's warm and cozy!