<3 white <3 red <3 deer <3
by Jamison Crabtree
oh dire & doomed, little dear, naked & everywhere
in all sorts of weather.
whether i fear a field
all full of clearing & the awful rains & the silence
bounding towards the trees
or the desert & its clouds
cracking like a skull & the flood inside all flashing out--
whatever i fear, it all still looks like death
(& it all still looks like love).
no one's above any of it.
when did you last hear an animal scream into the falling snow?
what did you do, if you did?
from out of the blizzard, a white stag
on the white stage of the world.
but you approach & it's gone. follow the tracks
& make your own; anything chased is beautiful
until it's caught. anything caught becomes a tragedy.
like love, follow them
into the away; like love,
they'll take you somewhere dangerous. follow.
hope that you never catch up.