White Deer

  1. I pulled the top
  2. Of a white birch
  3. Down with rope.
  4. Every so often
  5. I’d pause to
  6. Catch my breath.
  7. A couple squirrels
  8. Could be heard
  9. In the distance.
  10. They were getting
  11. Closer as I was
  12. Getting closer.
  13. The tree, bent
  14. To the ground,
  15. Was horrifying.
  16. As usual, the late
  17. Sun asked for
  18. Nothing in return.
  19. The squirrels
  20. Made off their
  21. Separate ways.
  22. I loaded myself
  23. On to the birch
  24. Catapult and cut.
  25. High high high
  26. I flew far above
  27. The canopy.
  28. Ecstasy does
  29. Nothing to say
  30. What it was like.
  31. Down down down
  32. I raced through
  33. The canopy.
  34. Tearing my skin.
  35. Lashing my face.
  36. Breaking my bones.
  37. I tried to become
  38. A white deer
  39. And failed and won.