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Haikai Challenge #138 (5/9/20): fawn (kanoko) and dVerse OLN 051420

Whitetail Deer Fawns uploaded by cat on We Heart It
i see you

Pit stop trailside, I
Walk through the tall grass, then squat –
Soft brown eyes meet mine.
Tan fur, curled and spotted, rests.
My bizness done, we part ways.


“Doe and Two Fawns,” by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tate (1819-1905)

Mother looks both ways,
crosses country road at dusk –
fawns dawdle after.
She shows the way through the fence
And where to lie on dry leaves.

Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says:
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the fawn (Kanoko).

Mish is today’s host for dVerse’ Open Link Night.

41 thoughts on “Haikai Challenge #138 (5/9/20): fawn (kanoko) and dVerse OLN 051420

  1. Nice.
    I miss seeing deer. They used to get caught in our yard once in a while when I was growing up in a hilly area in L.A. Confused by the chain link fence and bounding around, trying to find the opening again…

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    1. It’s amazing how athletic and graceful they are. There are lots of them around here. They come at dusk to nibble the grass in the back field. They also come from across the street at certain times and pass through. I just happened to see a group of them going through a gap in the fence the other morning which inspired part of one of the poems.

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    1. I’ve never seen one tiny and curled up like that, but I’ve seen them following their mother. I’ve never seen a Great Horned Owl, Linda (I’ve heard one out back) and would love to see one!

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  2. This is lovely, Lisa! Deer roam around our garden almost every day, and one or two have even been born in it. I love how the first poem needs no more setting than ‘Pit stop trailside’ and ‘tall grass’ and your reader is squatting with you – and what a close encounter! The second poem is a wonderful snapshot – so realistic and immediate.

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  3. Likedthem both muchly, but especially the first. Love how the circumstances of what you were doing froze you in place long enough to realize what a precious and amazing moment/gift you’d been givem, None of that said but it was all there!

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