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Late in the day or afternoon
From windows in our living room
We watch deer begin to gather
Leaping over fences in fields
Searching eagerly for their meals
To our front porch they meander
Mothers protective of their fawn
Will hide them in brush all day long
Clear skies or inclement weather
They watch us and nearer venture
On alert for signs of danger
Beginning March to September 

Late in the day or afternoon
Unless noise scares them off soon
Some two to twelve whitetailed deer
Nibble tender sprouts of green grass
Or fresh-cut hay and sassafrass
It's common for them to appear
In gardens or fields of soybeans
Or frozen in our headlight beams
Which can cause us panic and fear
If it is in the dead of night
Or maybe right before daylight
Forcing vehicles to steer clear

May 14, 2018


Favorite Animal in the Wild Contest by Line Gauthier
Third Place

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Date: 8/15/2019 2:51:00 PM
Loved reading about the deer in your front yard Susan! I could picture the scenes you have described in the poem. -Smita
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Date: 5/15/2018 12:22:00 PM
Yours is beautiful imagery, Susan, and no wonder since this sounds like real life deer watching. I believe that the accompanying photo has also been taken by you. I've seen deer when travelling abroad, but here in Malta we don't have any:( Regards // paul
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/16/2018 6:36:00 AM
Thanks, Paul. Oh yes. Will change pic. Have better ones somewhere.
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Paul Callus
Date: 5/15/2018 12:23:00 PM
By the way...congratulations on your podium finish!!
Date: 5/14/2018 7:37:00 PM
Susan, a lovely poem in which I felt I was within your yard watching the peaceful deer nibbling away. Congratulations on your winning placement. Hugs, Sonia
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/16/2018 1:41:00 PM
Thank you!
Date: 5/14/2018 3:42:00 PM
Congrats on your win Susan..
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/16/2018 6:38:00 AM
Thank you!
Date: 5/14/2018 3:33:00 PM
my favorite wild animal too...thank you for expressing what I was completely unable to put into words. Kudos on your win! :) gw
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/16/2018 6:38:00 AM
Oh I doubt that. Thank you though.
Date: 5/14/2018 2:41:00 PM
Love this. Well done on your win, its such an absorbing read, with great focus on detail and imagery.
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/16/2018 6:37:00 AM
Thanks.
Date: 5/14/2018 1:08:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Susan!. This poem was a joy to read. Love deers! Nowhere to be found in my neck of the woods, though.
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/14/2018 1:22:00 PM
Thank you, Edward! Appreciate your comment.
Date: 5/14/2018 12:30:00 PM
How lucky you are to watch them from the living room Susan. Great verse and congratulations. Tom.
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/14/2018 1:21:00 PM
It is amazing! Thanks, Tom.
Date: 5/14/2018 11:55:00 AM
Congrats on your podium finish with this charmer, Susan.
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/14/2018 1:20:00 PM
Thank you, Line. Am honored to be on your list of winners. Thanks for doing the contest and for all you do.
Date: 5/14/2018 10:58:00 AM
Wonderful penning Susan! Your love is in your ink. What a wonderful thing, a blessing you clearly count every day. My best to you in the contest! xomo :)
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/14/2018 1:19:00 PM
What a wonderful comment! Thank you. :)
Date: 5/14/2018 7:19:00 AM
Wow, you have many there! A lot of animals come through here, and sometimes deer, but not that many deer. Well written for the contest Line I enjoyed it:)
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/14/2018 1:18:00 PM
Aww Heidi, thank you!
Date: 5/14/2018 7:18:00 AM
Well captured imagery of deer roaming among us...many can relate to their movements as you have depicted. Best for a win, Susan.
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Susan Gentry
Date: 5/14/2018 1:17:00 PM
Thanks, Vijay!