A Poem For Sunday

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 7 2009 @ 7:04pm

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Traveling Through The Dark, by William Stafford.

Traveling through the dark
I found a deer dead
on the edge of the Wilson River road.
It is usually best to roll them into the canyon:
that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead.

By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car
and stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing;
she had stiffened already, almost cold.
I dragged her off; she was large in the belly.

My fingers touching her side brought me the reason–
her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting,
alive, still, never to be born.

– continued here.

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