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Poem: Four Years Ago Today

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Posted on January 20, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Four Years Ago Today

 

The deer shouldn’t be out browsing the field.

From what I hear, they’re supposed to be back

in the woods in their winter herd, keeping

 

each other warm, browsing for frozen buds.

I can tell they’re out of sorts, too, not lifting

their heads when I open the door. More hungry

 

than scared. Less aware if I’m looking

toward them, raising a gun. Four years ago,

it was colder than breath in Washington.

 

And not a deer around who had wandered

onto the expressway over to the mall.

Not quite an invisible citizen. One of her own

 

kind. Not sitting in a breathless chair.

A thin monument, standing

in sight of a flag. Easily scared.

 

How might she feel, if she were there?

So she could take herself away.

Dodge a slow parade. To find her hiding place

 

again. Such perfect camouflage I’m meaning

to write. On this day, when I have to do

everything I can to be a citizen and not

 

blend in. Standing and sitting next to a herd

of strangers. We’ve come here to see

our breaths.  

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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