Doe, a deer
Start at the very beginning:
the deer and its fawn browsing
nervously at the edge of our yard,
the soft panic of their flight when startled,
crushed twigs left behind in the grass.
Later, coming home from the hospital,
we saw the mother by the side of the road—
alone—her posture now stiff and alert,
transfixed by the rush-hour traffic, this river
of large metal bodies, their noise
and their brutal movement.
Iris A. Law is the author of a chapbook, Periodicity (Finishing Line Press 2013), and the editor of the online literary magazine and blog Lantern Review. A Kundiman Fellow and a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Notre Dame, she currently lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky.