Minuet

Poem II from ‘Grande Ronde Suite’
Written by O. Alan Weltzien

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Image: rainbow river by Cathy Marie

 

A whitetail deer strokes

across the current, west to east,

only meters in front of the raft

 

Her dark eyes and nimble legs

register an audience, possible prey,

as she scrambles between short gray scarps

 

The first route a mistake

when she tips backward, spine to sky,

yet lands on her feet, a cat;

 

As the raft draws abreast, a frisson of fear

ripples her muscles on a second

chute of soil between rock

 

And she gains altitude and safety,

a more composed liquid trot

while I silently applaud, downriver

 

featured in our spring 2018 issue

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