This is my first post for Poetic Bloomings, begun as a joint venture by Marie Elena and Walt, two of the first poets I met at Poetic Asides.  Their story is unique in that they have never actually met – but collaborate often.  They are seeking poems of beauty and goodness; they post prompts.  They are accentuating the positive, so I’m probably the last person they will expect to see, LOL.  Peace, Amy

Deer One

She drifts blithely through the trees
just beyond our parking lot.

She is the only, lonely deer of Tenney Park,
situated between apartment complexes which
must seem to her monoliths inhabited by aliens.

I call her Deer One.

Neighbor Lynne, soft spot for all living things,
feeds her birdseed, her snack of choice.
I know they say we should not encourage species
to live where they should not be, but frankly:
She was here first. We built around her habitat.
She is a Native American.

The other day, I spied Deer One
and she spied me.
We froze in one of those moments of
curiosity (mixed with dread on her part, perhaps).

I backed into my apartment and retrieved
the ripest apple I could find and,
gently,
rolled it across the parking lot.
It skipped the curb, landing at her feet.

I could swear she smiled at me!
I went to my car, humming, “When I See An Elephant Fly.”

© 2011 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil