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Red Deer

Covalanas Cave, Spain

Once I was an animal, like you, red deer,

bright as arterial blood, with

sure feet. The painter pressed you

to life with pointer and thumb.

Your one eye and pert ears.

Now you leap inside me, over

and over from my cliff

of trapped air. Back legs tucked.

Red, red, the female creatures grazing inside—

green and in motion, the earth below.

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Published in Anne Marie Macari Poems

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