Forest Trio MAG

August 1, 2011
By zandragrey GOLD, Newton, Massachusetts
zandragrey GOLD, Newton, Massachusetts
13 articles 8 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you can laugh at it, you can live with it. ~Erma Bombeck


I
She walks the forest
on silent hooves that
leave no trace,
her coat a weave
of moss and ferns

Her horns drape vines,
her path coated
with new-growth green

Darkness is cut through
by her pure presence
as she bounds ethereally
between fresh-green saplings

Untarnished, she lives beside
the dirty scar of a city
naive to the encroaching pollutant

II
Ash coats his blackened legs,
a specter-dark scar
of long-forgotten dreams

Smoke fills his lungs and mind
while the blinding lights
of progress creep closer
on mechanical treads

Around him his forest burns,
his shadow rippling wildly
against the shattered remains
of a once-fertile nurturer

He stops by the body
of his dead past,
proud horns cracking with strain
as he salutes the fallen

Progress draws ever closer
and he retreats through
the stink of burned existence

III
It stands atop a cliff
the wind carrying the scent
of urbanization to
its bone-white head

Its deathly smile mocks even
as it bleeds for the spirits
stranded in this world
of empty rock and biting winds

It never tires,
only walks on with shattered hooves,
flanks weeping from
bulldozer wounds

White antlers reflect the light
of an unflinching moon
as the scar of loss
strides on through the memory
of a once-proud forest


The author's comments:
The companion to my three cervidae pieces; Existence, Absence and Remembrance. You can see them in my gallery.

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on Mar. 7 2012 at 11:57 am
zandragrey GOLD, Newton, Massachusetts
13 articles 8 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you can laugh at it, you can live with it. ~Erma Bombeck

Thank you so much for the kind words!

on Aug. 29 2011 at 8:59 pm
BrightBurningCampeador PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
42 articles 11 photos 333 comments
A perfect companion to the three pics, but it could definitely stand on it's own. The theme is timeless, but somehow, no matter how often people hear it, they always forget. I like how you changed the gender of the deer with each verse. Very symbolic.


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