Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "How to See Deer" by Philip Booth

How to See Deer

Forget roadside crossings.
Go nowhere with guns.
Go elsewhere your own way,

lonely and wanting. Or
stay and be early:
next to deep woods

inhabit old orchards.
All clearings promise.
Sunrise is good,

and fog before sun.
Expect nothing always;
find your luck slowly.

Wait out the windfall.
Take your good time
to learn to read ferns;

make like a turtle:
downhill toward slow water.
Instructed by heron,

drink the pure silence.
Be compassed by wind.
If you quiver like aspen

trust your quick nature:
let your ear teach you
which way to listen.

You've come to assume
protective color; now
colors reform to

new shapes in your eye.
You've learned by now
to wait without waiting;

as if it were dusk
look into light falling:
in deep relief

things even out. Be
careless of nothing. See
what you see.

--Philip Booth

(Betty's Note: I took these pictures last weekend on the UC Santa Cruz campus. Deer sort of just roam around there all day. I didn't see any of them studying or going to class. Of course, I knew some humans like that in my days at college too!)


Dee at Pedestrian Palate said...

They are such beautiful creatures.

Leanne said...

Wow ... the photos are amazing. How far did you zoom??? Or, was it like a snow white moment and did they walk with you? Again, so very cool, B!

Joe Cap said...

Great photos, you should have told us they were wild in the forest, and you were very good to get such great shots.

My Mind's Eye said...

BB what beautiful photos of the deer.
I love the last one such expressive eyes. Did you have to search very long to find such a appropriate poem?
Madi and Mom

BigSis said...

AMAZING pictures. They look like professional. You have quite a talent for wildlife photography!

Theresa Milstein said...

What beautiful deer. I love the part of the poem about leaving the gun.

Unknown said...

amazing. the poem and pictures.

Unknown said...

amazing. the poem and pictures.

Anonymous said...

I love deer and even though they're common place Illinois (especially on the side of the road, unfortunately), I still get excited seeing them when I'm traveling! Wonderful pics :-)

Brianne said...

What amazing photo's! Love the poem too.:)

Unknown said...

The poem was beautiful. The pictures were great too. The deer look very cute. Nice shots, Betty...:)

Old Kitty said...

"... drink the pure silence".

Such wise and wonderful words. They had a gentleness, a quickness and a state of alertness - just like those deer in your fab pic.

Thanks for this.

Take care

Nat said...

Amazing photos...wildlife photography is really hard, as I discovered on my recent travels :-)

Unknown said...

Wonderful and beautiful pictures of the deer, especially the fawn. Way too cute!

Iva Messy said...

these photos are amazing!!! We live in SF Bay in the hills, and the deer are always around. It melts my heart to see a fawn. So sweet!

Joanne Olivieri said...

These are gorgeous animals and stunning shots. Your poem is exceptionally styled and well verse. "Expect nothing always" says it all. Great post.

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

We had some on our farm. They came to the pond for their water. Sometimes we would find antlers that had been shed. But once my daughter and I walked in the bush and met one face to face with only an Indian fence between us. It;s antlers were huge so we slowly and quietly turned and crept away while it watched us. Maybe it was studying? Us ? I was wearing a bright red woollen hat and scarf to avoid being hunter's target.

Hilary said...

Lovely critters, aren't they? I just got back from almost two weeks away from the computer and am in catch up mode. I've not commented on your other posts but rest assured, I've read them all. I can't do without my dose of Bossy Betty and now I feel sated with beautiful flowers, crazy smashing tables, a touching story about paternal losses and incredibly beautiful birthday wishes to your son. Thanks for always writing with substance.

Writing Without Periods! said...

Wow, I'm impressed. I need to take a photography class...you inspire me with photos and poetry.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Great pictures!! Do you have a fancy camera?

Alexandra said...

No matter how old I get, I am still thrilled to see deer.

faye said...

Such great photos. Not easy to
capture , they move away from
people quickly after that freeze
frame deer in the headlights
Such sweet creatures.
Nice- nice work !!

Ann said...

Love the picture of the college deer :) That's a good poem but I know another way to see deer. All you have to do is drive the road I do at 5a.m. bound to see at least one a week.

Ann Best said...

That is the most stunning poem!

I just scrolled through all your current, awesome posts, and am so glad you found me and my daughter sometime this morning from somewhere. I majored in both poetry and fiction at GMU in northern Virginia, when I was in my forties (you're not as old yet as I am!). I have loved poetry all my life. And photography, too.

Gotta go right now, but I'll be back.

Talli Roland said...

Love this poem - and the photos!

When I lived in Canada, deer used to wander into our back garden. I used to love watching them.

Marlene said...

You never fail to impress me with your photography. Please, if you ever see a bear (and you aren't running too fast).....take it's picture, please?!!! PLEASE?!!!

Áine said...

The little slideshow that you have on your side bar of the blog is so cool! :) I love all the different colours,they are so vibrant and beautiful :)

One Photo said...

Now THOSE are deer pictures worth sharing - just fabulous! Now I am even more jealous, you not only got to do some glorious hiking but got to take these amazing photos too. This may take some forgiving :-)

Betty Manousos said...

I pont out "...drink the pure silence!!" What a lovely poem, and images, Betty.
Thanks for posting this.
~B xx

Liz said...

I think the title should be "how to pet deer" because they are too sweet to not want to cuddle them!

Ca88andra said...

Lovely poem! And your pics are super. Well done!

Brian Miller said...

or you could just go to my backyard...lol. we have a family of 5 or 7 now that sleep there every night...and driving through downtown yesterday traffic got stopped because the deer were crossing the road...lol. nice verse. happy monday!

Ms. A said...

Beautiful, and the NOTE... typical Betty, which is why I love you!

Liz Mays said...

I didn't really think you took those yourself until you mentioned it at the end. They're so great!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful second picture. Why didn't you get him home?

Kazzy said...

Their little faces are so cute!

Melissa said...

Ha, just because you didn't see them in class, doesn't mean they're no enrolled. :P

Lourie said...

We had a wild life reserve across from us when we lived in VA. We had deer, bunnies, fox, and an eagle. Here we have opossum, bunnies, frogs, skunks and the occasional coyote.

Love the pics!!

Pearl said...

Loved this poem. Well, so far I've loved all the poems you've posted.


Copyboy said...

That pic is amazing. The deer looks so real, it looks fake. Yeah, that made sense. Poem definitely fits the visual.

Michelle Faith said...

Wait without waiting...or sit on my moms deck...its truly awesome to see them, so graceful. Those are some framable photos.

Julie said...

There is just something about their eyes! They look so kind. They visit us here on our property frequently. So graceful...and hungry too..they enjoy my plants!

Joanna Jenkins said...

BEA-U-TI-FUL from start to finish!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betty: Love your deer photo, they must be Mule Deer with those big ears. They seem awfully tame for in the wild.

Connie said...

Gorgeous photos,Betty! Wow! Lovely poem too. :)

Pat Tillett said...

great photos
nice poem
I don't see how anybody could shoot a deer for sport.

Dang, you get a lot of comments

gayle said...

I love these deer pictures!!

Bitsy Baby Photography said...

awesome poetry, awesome photos! i just saw a deer in my yard this evening...the 1st i've seen since before the big winter storms we had, i wondered if they were going to return---and they did! doing some catching up on my favorite blogs =)

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