Like the Deer Who Lies Down

It takes courageThen I would be dark and wet,
like the deer who lies down
in a hollow and returns to herself,
becoming at last what she always was.

— Barbara Gibson, from “The Wet Woods,” Waiting to Fly, Crestline Press, 2013

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We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.

— Joseph Campbell


We invite you to spend time in contemplation with these words from wise ones. Then join in the conversation with your own poetic response.

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  1. Easter this month. A symphony of bird song greets Bingo and me on our early morning walks.

    spring rain
    a long pure whistle
    from a varied thrush

  2. nicely done

  3. Lovely flower graphic design, dear Margaret, with short poem of yours, saying, “It takes courage to open in spring.” Thank you for the lovely trinity of these three sayings; how they unfold to compliment one another, as do people and the earth, within the overall realm of the spirit.

  4. CaroleAnn Lovin says:

    Hi! Here’s my try at a haiku in response to quotes:

    spring blossoms:
    transformation of soggy leaves
    left last fall

    • CaroleAnn, great to see you again. In this one, I especially like the moisture inherent in “soggy leaves.”

      And “transformation” is a favorite word of mine … but it’s tough to make it work in haiku, with so many syllables. I don’t mean that this poem is too long — it’s a good length for haiku. I just mean that short, punchy words seem to work better in this short form. Also, when the break happens at the end of the first line, like in this poem, I usually like for the longer phrase that makes up the 2nd and 3rd lines to start with something other than a noun, like an article, adjective, or pronoun. Just flows mores smoothly for me. But then the line “the transformation of soggy leaves” really does feel too long for haiku.

      Here’s a way to shorten transformation a bit:

      spring blossoms:
      the soggy leaves left last fall

      What do you think?

  5. dandelions bloom
    on the hillside
    frolicking lambs

    • Nice scene, Carolyn. We’ve reached the time of dandelions. Saw my first one in bloom some weeks ago, and now they’re popping out all over.

      Lenten soup supper…
      a sprig of dandelion greens
      for garnish

  6. Marybeth Bland says:

    My husband drove us up to Kirkland WA to see my specialist. It is an long trio there and back. I only do it because he is such a kind doctor . The trip happens twice a year. Once in early spring and then in early fall.

    My husband likes to concentrate on driving. I 5 drivers often do weird moves. Friday, my service dog looked out thr window. I did also. So much to see.

    A tree
    over a tree
    a hawks perch

  7. palm fronds
    waving in the breeze
    next year’s ashes

  8. Marybeth Bland says:

    waddle down the street
    we sit and watch

  9. matzo balls
    afloat in chicken broth
    dividing waters

  10. Marybeth Bland says:

    white cherry blossoms
    tumble down
    spring snow

  11. rabbits
    lay colored eggs
    miracle season

    May your hearts be filled with all things new!

    Happy Easter

  12. Marybeth Bland says:

    cracked open
    baby chicks abound

    my dog barks
    Happy Eastwr all

  13. Carolyn & Marybeth, thanks for the Easter poems. Love the rabbits laying colored eggs, and the baby chicks with Friday barking.

    Happy Easter!

    Easter morning
    bleeding hearts in a green vase
    on the high mantle

  14. a soft blue sky
    above the spinning earth
    a blood moon

  15. the matriarch
    casts a long shadow
    an ancient oak

  16. Yes, I debated on leaving the an out. I like it without the an also.

  17. For those of you who follow only in the comment stream, this is to let you know that I have posted a new Lectio+Haiku for May. You’ll find it at the top of the list on the Courtyard’s main page:

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    I look forward to new poetry!