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A once in a lifetime moment I want to remember happened this week.  I sat on the grass and meditated in the sun, then lay down flat, sunk into the moss and allowed ants to crawl over my skin.  I closed my eyes for a moment, and suddenly I sensed movement.  When I looked up, a mother deer and her fawn settled down to sit beside me in the grass, maybe two feet away.

I have not had as much time to connect with nature as I would like of late, and still it finds me.  How did the mother/child deer know I was reflecting about my own child and our connection, as she grows into adulthood and makes wider and wider circles into the world?

 

 

 

 

The Place I Want To Get Back To by Mary Oliver

is where
in the pinewoods
in the moments between
the darkness

and first light
two deer
came walking down the hill
and when they saw me

they said to each other, okay,
this one is okay,
let’s see who she is
and why she is sitting

on the ground like that,
so quiet, as if
asleep, or in a dream,
but, anyway, harmless;

and so they came
on their slender legs
and gazed upon me
not unlike the way

I go out to the dunes and look
and look and look
into the faces of the flowers;
and then one of them leaned forward

and nuzzled my hand, and what can my life
bring to me that could exceed
that brief moment?
For twenty years

I have gone every day to the same woods,
not waiting, exactly, just lingering.
Such gifts, bestowed,
can’t be repeated.

If you want to talk about this
come to visit. I live in the house
near the corner, which I have named
Gratitude.

Mary Oliver

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