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Bicycling by I spot you gentle,
Beautiful deer.
You see me. Startled
You lope
Effortlessly over
Tall grasses,
Fluffy white tail flicks, a soft baton
Conducting an orchestra
Of wildflowers.
You suddenly stop,
Turn around and look.
Yes. I’m still here breathing
In your reddish-tan body
Huge brown eyes, nose,
Elfin ears.
You, sweetheart, have nothing to
Fear from me as my heart radiates
Awe. My feet anchored still.
How easy to hide, not remain
Hidden in the tall grasses
Wild, open field
Lined by the road with
Overgrown big leafed green plants
Partially masking barbed wire.
You keep seeking escape
As you turn away.
Can your body leap over the
Human made twisted steel,
Marking land meant for all Love’s
Creatures?
Am I on the other side feeling
Fenced in?
Are you showing me weightless
Soul emancipation as you float
Through the air?
You are not ever trapped for fluid
Movement is yours
Gentle, beautiful doe, a deer,
A female dear,
Daring to live free.

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Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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4 CONVERSATIONS

  1. Outstandingly beautiful words, Laura. Life can be fenced in by misguided human intention ; the heart and sound yearning for escape from behind seemingly human barriers.

    Deer are the most wonderful of Mother Nature’s gifts. So gentle and elegant. Born free. An infinity of sheer beauty. I love Nature as you do, Laura. This poem had a special feeling in my heart. Bless you for sharing.

    • Oh, thank you so much, Simon. I have loved the deer my whole life. I’m not surprised we share this joy for the natural world and the lovely , amazing creatures that enrich our lives with their gentleness. I appreciate your beautiful words of praise for the deer and the words in this poem. They touch my heart. Grateful for you.

    • Thank you so much, Eva. Yes! They are so graceful. I’m so happy to know you love the deer too-to watch them run. I weep when I see the ones hit by a car… I’m grateful to know you enjoyed this poem and watching the deer run!

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