December 11*

mist and gray

the hard cold
shrunken salal
flaccid ferns and brittle stems
everything withdrawn, muted
or crystallized, splintered into
a lifeless lattice

a snort of fogged breath
and the doe
warm under her exact hair

leaps off

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
photo by Jay White

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