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

6 comments:

Shakespeare 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!