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Posted on October 3, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Early October

 

when my neighbors sight

in their guns  scout out

the deer runs  wear their

 

camo  see themselves living

in their camps  far back in

the woods  plan who will

 

be drivers  flushing the deer

who will raise their guns

to their shoulders and shoot

 

discharge their weapons

a phrase I never heard

one of them use  even the vets

 

who were raised hunting  for

two weeks in November

to lock their guns in a gun

 

case  when they were done

to take stock of the herd

here in Vermont  knowing

 

how many it takes to make

a healthy number   to winter

over  how many branches

 

and berries will be needed

month after month to feed

a doe and her buck  for that

 

moment of love  they have no

way of knowing  during the rut

when even my neighbors  most

 

of whom grew up taking two weeks

off  from their jobs  in November

to walk into the woods  to remember

 

which season this is  doe or buck  never

to squeeze the trigger 

without knowing

— Gary Magolis, Cornwall

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