Taking the slow steps of a doe out of a cage and into the forest legs shaking, mind wondering, fear showing in the quiver of matted fur, the mind questions if it is all a trick?
In the grand expanse of a world beyond pain a nose picks up the scent of fresh grass for the first time.
Slow steps forward follow slow steps back until finally the doe is out of the cage and the doors shut behind her.
Every sound is awash with twin thoughts of skittish fear and awe.
The world seems almost too bright for her; the music of the wind, so soft causes her panic.
Yet every moment brings new peace and slowly she walks until she comes upon a stream.
Her nostrils flare and she bends her head drinking fresh clean water for the first time in her life.
Finally she allows herself to bathe in the shallow stream and as the water cleans her fur she starts to prance her heart beating fast with hope.
Her tail wags and her hooves clack against the stone bottom in a happy dance.
Into the night she finds herself shelter and food to eat.
She sleeps a peaceful sleep and her nightmares are chased away by imagined days of prancing.
At last.. At last.. at last the doe is free.
The hunter far away.
The doe dancing in a world where she’d never be seen again.
Thanks for reading! This is a poem that has been one of my absolute favorites to write. When I found the first words everything just started to flow. I miss feeling like that while writing poetry.
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-Till next time!