In the Headlights

Steam rising from the still
Warm flank of the doe.

Antlers tilting quizzically,
The buck licks and nuzzles
Her to get up, then bolts across the road
To join the others.

Horrified driver sobbing,
Stricken in the jaws of her
Car door as gentle strangers
Gesture us around.

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