“The Hart of London”, WINDSOR REVIEW: Special Alice Munro Issue.

The Hart of London

Late this dappled day, I spot a stray
young yearling browsing for millet
beneath our bird feeder. How? We

live on a closed-off street between
highways. She arrives as straggler
separated from family and settles

down under the tangle of rosebush
for an hour. Then, startled by next
door’s lawn mower, she lopes across

our driveway to nest below the cedars,
appearing/reappearing tawny through
yellow leaves and disappearing when

my attention shifts inside the house.
Her presence endures. Not for me the names
antlered vermin, garden pest, tree girdler.

But a reminder of totem, of clan. How
alone we are in the world. How we too
know sanctuary, when to hide and where.­­­

Penn

This poem was first published in the gorgeous WINDSOR REVIEW: Special Alice Munro Issue.

Thanks to Tim Struthers for suggesting the title  It refers to an experimental 1970 film by London artist Jack Chambers.

PennSumacPhoto: Leona Graham

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