The Poor Deer

*Warning: Some content might be seen as graphic regarding this poor deer I saw.

Cars braking around us
sllllowwwing down
stop

We look around
deer crossing
panting
two front legs
p
u
l
l
i
n
g
back legs
drag-g-i-n-g
suffering
panting

Our chest tightens
hearts sink
I reach for my phone
need to Google the police department number
we see a police car
driving on the other side of the median
set phone down
“There has to be a sanctuary, where they can take it to rehab,”
we say

Drive home
weighing on heart
fingers mentally cross
the deer has to be gone…OK

Fingers uncross
no sanctuary for this deer
Saddness.

3 thoughts on “The Poor Deer

  1. Poor thing. I’ve seen that happen and it’s just heartbreaking. And your image of the fingers crossing, then…uncrossing with the realization. That image – it’s going to stick with me a while…

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  2. My dad once told me that at one point, everyone who lives in Wisconsin will hit a deer. I think that he is right. I have had this happen, too… it’s awful.

    I like how you played with the spacing in this post – so effective!

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  3. I’ve known a couple of people who have hit deer. It was traumatic for each of them. You really capture the emotional impact….and I assume you are all ok.

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