February 28, 2012

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Academy of American Poets

February 28, 2012

Today's poem is copyright © 2012 by Mark Wunderlich. Used with permission of the author.

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    Winter Study
    by Mark Wunderlich

    Two days of snow, then ice
    and the deer peer from the ragged curtain of trees.

    Hunger wills them, hunger
    pulls them to the compass of light

    spilling from the farmyard pole.
    They dip their heads, hold

    forked hooves
    above snow, turn furred ears

    to scoop from the wind
    the sounds of hounds, or men.

    They lap at a sprinkling of grain,
    pull timid mouthfuls from a stray bale.

    The smallest is lame, with a leg
    healed at angles, and a fused knob

    where a joint once bent.
    It picks, stiff, skidding its sickening limb

    across the ice's dark platter.
    Their fear is thick as they break a trail

    to the center of their predator's range.
    To know the winter

    is to ginger forth from a bed in the pines,
    to search for a scant meal

    gleaned from the carelessness
    of a killer.

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    Academy of American Poets

    February 28, 2012

    Today's poem is copyright © 2012 by Mark Wunderlich. Used with permission of the author.

    More from this author




    Other Wunderlich Work

  • Difficult Body
  • Video: "Heaven Letter"
  • Video: Letter to a Young Poet

  • You can unsubscribe from our Poem-A-Day emails at at anytime—either completely, or until next April.

    Academy of American Poets
    75 Maiden Lane
    Suite 901
    New York, NY 10038
    212-274-0343
    academy@poets.org



    Winter Study
    by Mark Wunderlich

    Two days of snow, then ice
    and the deer peer from the ragged curtain of trees.

    Hunger wills them, hunger
    pulls them to the compass of light

    spilling from the farmyard pole.
    They dip their heads, hold

    forked hooves
    above snow, turn furred ears

    to scoop from the wind
    the sounds of hounds, or men.

    They lap at a sprinkling of grain,
    pull timid mouthfuls from a stray bale.

    The smallest is lame, with a leg
    healed at angles, and a fused knob

    where a joint once bent.
    It picks, stiff, skidding its sickening limb

    across the ice's dark platter.
    Their fear is thick as they break a trail

    to the center of their predator's range.
    To know the winter

    is to ginger forth from a bed in the pines,
    to search for a scant meal

    gleaned from the carelessness
    of a killer.

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