Friday, 3 September 2010

Red Deer by Gordon Mason

Red deer graze
the Jackson mere,
cinnamon aftertones
on slow waves
of midday light.

Velvet damp, a stag
raises his head.
His twin,
a debarked willow,
stands stiff jointed.

On the wrong side
of the thyme tracks,
he turns to face a storm
that will wash
into September ditches.

As if startled
by a sudden snail,
he strides a slow ballet
into the wings,
reed curtains.

Gordon Mason, Scotland and Spain


Dr. Cheryl Carvajal said...

Great images. Puts me in the mood to go woods walking.

Jinksy said...

An image redolent of Autumn...

Tina Trivett said...

This is beautiful... :)

Owl Who Laughs said...

Thank you for teaching me the word "mere." And for "cinnamon aftertones" and in general for the good savor.

Karen said...

I love the image of the stiff jointed "twin" and the slow ballet into the reed curtains. This is lovely.

Dave Lewis said...

Very nice, love the first 3 words!