January 22, 2010

a wounded deer leaps highest

A wounded deer leaps highest,
I've heard the hunter tell;
'Tis but the ecstasy of death,
And then the brake is still.

The smitten rock that gushes,
The trampled steel that springs:
A cheek is always redder
Just where the hectic stings!

Mirth is mail of anguish,
In which its cautious arm
Lest anybody spy the blood
And, "you're hurt" exclaim
-Emily Dickinson


  1. ever since i first saw a deer up close in lyon last year, they've been my favourite animals. lovely photos x

  2. i know. they are exquisite creatures. one time ( in my family's house in Washington ) i woke up early one morning and had a bowl of cereal. they had door windows in the kitchen so you could see everything. all of a sudden a family of deer just walked by. ( there backyard is like a mini forest ). just breath taking.


  3. The photo of the herd of deer in the field is amazing!

    Very lovely blog!

  4. oh, I just love emily dickinson ♥
    the photographs are exquisite, lovely. deers are so beautiful♥
    & yes, I did get my layout! I saw that krissy had helped you, and I need to go and thank her for that. Your layout is beautiful♥
    take care, dearest:)
    xx, your forever friend, olivia

  5. aaww deer. <3 my favorite animal! my grandmother used to live in the mountains, near yosemite in mariposa county when i was a kid... and she had families of deer that lived around her house. my family would visit a lot and i would feed the deer every morning by piling food on old tree stumps. my grandmother and i would sit on the front porch with hot chocolate and watch them eat. they would come right up to the porch railing and look at me, they were always so gentle around me. my younger brother was afraid of them but i thought they were magical. i would follow them through the woods all the time and sing them songs and talk to them. i think i thought i was in a disney movie and that they could understand me? haha!

  6. olivia- isn't krissie the greatest? haha i love her.

  7. olivia- isn't krissie the greatest? haha i love her.

  8. olivia- isn't krissie the greatest? haha i love her.

  9. Lovely poem. Thank you for sharing!