December 11, 2012

It steps onto the path fifty feet from me,

My fourth and last traverse of the circle trail,

And I dead-stop,

The six point buck now facing me,

This alpha deer with no intention of running;

We lock eyes, my breaths quick, my body soaked with sweat

From four ascents of Heartbreak Hill;

The buck does not blink,

Its thick haunches swathed in dark fir;

Its majesty and fearless gaze is thaumaturgical—to me

(“It’s just a deer,” I imagine unromantic friends saying, “ubiquitous, man.”)

To me, this day, after seeing a barred owl, a red-tail hawk, a red fox,

This encounter is a portent;

An ancient Indian would have interpreted all these as signs;

Brother Buck tired of me and walked south through the oaks,

Slow, as if to say, You are insignificant;

It didn’t know Man—Man’s inclinations for conquering,

For culling, for shooting, for trespassing, for selfishness;

This day belongs to the buck, not thinking of the future,

Alive and proud and haughty, sensuous and sentient.


About Eugene Jones Baldwin

I am a writer: non-fiction, fiction, journalism (Alton Telegraph), essays (The Genehouse Chronicles) and have a website: eugenebaldwin.com. I've published a couple dozen short stories and had eleven plays produced. Current projects: "Brother of the Stones" (available on Kindle), a book of short stories; "The Faithful Husband of the Rain, short stories"; "A Black Soldier's Letters Home, WWII,;" "There is No Color in Justice," a commentary on racism; "Ratkillers," a new play. I am an avocational archaeologist and I take parts of my collection of several thousand Indian artifacts (personal finds) to schools, nature centers, libraries etc. and talk about the 20,000 year history of The First people in Illinois. (See link to website) I'm also a playwright (eleven plays produced), musician, historian (authority on the Underground Railroad in Illinois, the Tuskegee Airmen) and teacher.
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