Sambar Deer

Such large and pretty fearful eyes
In knowledge you are loved to death,
Wanted to destruction, hungry adored
Flesh from bone, a lifetaking appreciation
You are feast beloved food source
They will hunt you.

Pretty eyes, anxious wide and wary
I have seen you on the deer faces
Of hunted women, troubled children.
Victim eyes, large and sweet with sorrow
I have greeted you startled in mirrors.
They hunt you still.

He asks why you evolved to be tasty
As thought the prey has some right
To choose not to be eaten.
Deer eyes, gentle eyes, did you intend
This body to be so fatally appealing?
Did any of us choose?

My son has a huge thing about tigers, leading us to the information that Sambar deer are the prey of preference. We saw some footage. They have big, sad, frightened eyes, and the image stayed with me.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

2 responses to “Sambar Deer

  • lornasmithers

    I really like the lines ‘In knowledge you are loved to death,’ – shows how we love deer as icons but not in themselves, ‘They will hunt you’ and ‘they hunt you still’ – hard hitting because the repetition drives home the plain non-sentimental fact, and ‘I have seen you on the deer faces
    Of hunted women.’ However I didn’t feel the third verse was as strong as the first two. ‘Tasty’ in particular seemed at odds with the tone.

  • Nimue Brown

    That was the line that started it, the boy wondeirng why they had ‘evolved to be so tasty’ but yes, point. Without the sense of that inquisitive child voice it doesn’t make as much sense… needs framing better, or tweaking, thanks!

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