(Dedicated to Naturally Conscious Humane World Deepak Sarkar, www.kolki.com)
World used to be their home in freedom
Before human claimed and partitioned land!
The mountains, valleys, meadows, woods -
The pot holes, ponds, lakes and bogs,
Were all accessible for food and fun!
Before they realize the human face
Their freedom of movements got curtailed
Grazing lands became partitioned, divided -
Guarded with cruel obstructing fence!
They are the deer a symbol of peace
Try fruitlessly to hide and graze at risk
Whatever grassy yards still left unfenced!
Some adores them, others hate them as pests!
Many want to kill to save dear garden
Others want to hunt for a rare gourmet!
Its autumn, leaves are falling everywhere
Views around are getting brighter and better
My yard is unfenced, blended with nature
Where my lovebirds feel free, so are the deer
As they rest with babies without fear
Grazing and grinding merrily
Feeling at home and making my home homey!
Author: Deepak Sarkar, 844 Royal Oak Ave, Victoria, BC V8X 3T2, Canada;