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Deer, Bear, Flicker
Wendy Morton


I’m screening pea gravel from the manure pile,
watching for worms that I catch in a bucket
for the compost. It’s like composing a poem.

When I look up, I see three deer next door,
running in mad circles, leaping:
my joy and theirs in this circling dance.

Later, I look up again, to see a bear
in full pirouette in the garden,
grabbing apples from the tree

we didn’t pick.
I shout and he retreats,
over the fence and up the hill.

I think that’s it for the day,
but then a flicker who has found the tomatoes
in the greenhouse, bangs himself

against the glass.

Terror, his own fan dance,
until he finds the open door.

This day of joy and terror: a mirror for the world’s two step,
its broken waltz.


© by Wendy Morton.
Used with the author’s permission.


Wendy Morton believes that poetry is the shortest distance between hearts. She has published five books of poetry, a memoir--Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast--in which her adventures as a corporate sponsored poet are revealed, and a set of poetry postcards. Founder of Canada’s Random Acts of Poetry project, Wendy received the 2012 Colleen Thibaudeau Outstanding Contribution Award from the League of Canadian Poets, and was the recipient of the 2010 Spirit Bear Award and the Golden Beret Award. Wendy lives in Sooke, British Columbia, where she has spent more than 30 years as an insurance investigator. Learn more about her here.



Post New Comment:
Lovely poem, and the picture an added bonus. Thank you.
Posted 10/14/2015 12:19 AM
Lori Levy:
Great poem!
Posted 10/13/2015 02:19 PM
Good one, Wendy. Miss ya!
Posted 10/13/2015 11:20 AM
Wonderfully done. Great capture of an expression of this broken waltz.
Posted 10/13/2015 09:36 AM
Those last two words, the broken waltz, reverberate.
Posted 10/13/2015 09:15 AM
Hi Wendy, LOVE this poem about your exquisite part of this exquisite world... thanks!
Posted 10/13/2015 08:46 AM
I like this poem very much.
Posted 10/13/2015 08:12 AM
Posted 10/13/2015 07:29 AM
'So true this 'two-step' 'broken waltz". Oh the marvelous sights from your yard!
Posted 10/13/2015 06:41 AM

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