That tiny deer looked at me
with questions in his eyes:
who are you, why are you here,
what do you want with me
this lazy afternoon?
Not a detour but a turning point,
this move from acquisition
Watching the senior help the freshman
prepare for that first year away,
reminded me of the lasting bond
they share – showed me once again
how loss can sometimes lead to gain.
Because we’re human,
we have strong feelings –
that comes with being fully alive.
It’s what we do next that counts.
Do we use them to heal or harm,
to celebrate or desecrate?
Ah, if I can only remember this
when they wash over me
and threaten to carry me
to places I don’t want to go.
that road sign said,
life is full of signals
if I would only look.
covers us all with warmth and light,
asks for no i.d.,
seeks no recompense.