The Deer

A second one for Margaret’s prompt.  this one has meaning.  THE REAL POEM IS NOT THIS ONE!!!!  My links are all mixed up.  sorry.  The Real Poem is Toni S The Real poem.  Sorry folks.  My brain has gone north for the summer.

used by permission. Toril Fisher artist

The Deer
He feels himself vanishing –
each day, each month, each year
he is diminished.
Every painting done,
every laser copy printed and sold
and framed in an elaborate artsy
or rustic frame.
He is not happy.
His world is vanishing in front of his eyes.
He wonders if each day will be his last.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. annell4
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 14:38:16

    Yes, it does have meaning. And very sad. Someone reminded me of the wild animals who inhabit the city…but for the most part, deer need their own habitat, and cannot find their place in our cities. Your poem touches me deeply. We hardly take notice of the ones who live parallel lives, next to us.


  2. coalblack
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 14:58:26

    Oh deer! But you know how it is with copies of copies of copies. Kind of like that Keaton movie “Multiplicity.” You start getting feebs. I think what Deerie needs is a spiffy vacation. Heck, why stop with one?


  3. Sherry Blue sky
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 17:14:11

    I really feel this one, Toni. I see this on a daily basis, forests logged, wildlufe wandering, hungry, into town… often means their demise.


  4. willow88switches
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 20:15:37

    and they fade to black….

    – habitat encroachment is so perilous – for everyone, mostly the creatures …. and it’s no wonder they wander into towns and suburbs, seeking easy meals etc. – what a terrible cost we wreck on this precious place …


    • kanzensakura
      Jul 13, 2018 @ 20:19:57

      Everybody reads this as environmental. I feel I can say this to you. The key is in the copies of the painting and the frames of the pictures. It is actually about pretentious people who “collect” art but actually, only in essence, buy laser prints of the originals. The environmental part is good too. Poor animals in the city and their habitat being stolen by these pretentious collectors of art who refuse to live in an older home (unless it is in a gentrified neighborhood of course). Thank you Pat. I don’t mean to be testy. I always get testy when I don’t write clearly.


      • willow88switches
        Jul 14, 2018 @ 20:27:35

        actually, Toni – your meaning, the intended one, about copies and copies …. which is why I wrote “fade to black” – because as soon as I read your piece – that was my initial impression …. of art works being reproduced so many times that eventually, even the best of images, lose meaning …. and meanwhile, in archival vaults, we have thousands of images that can no longer be hung/showcased because the photographic prints are reaching their life-span …. (I studied in the fine arts fields, so this was my initial reading) and because of the subject of the painting, I just kind of wandered into the duality of it …. but honestly Toni, I did catch your meaning right off …


        • kanzensakura
          Jul 14, 2018 @ 20:41:34

          I believe you Pat!


        • kanzensakura
          Jul 14, 2018 @ 21:05:54

          I totally understand about archival quality prints. In another life, I was a black and white photographer. I was a great admirer of Steiglitz and used a vintage Hassleblad camera and silver bromide film. I developed and printed my own photos. And I believe you! )


          • willow88switches
            Jul 14, 2018 @ 22:26:39

            so we’re like-minded and understand – the whole shebang about prints, processing and mass-consumerism and pros and cons etc.


            • kanzensakura
              Jul 14, 2018 @ 22:32:23

              Yes ma’am we certainly are. I used silver bromide film and emulsion to get what I wanted. A friend of mine, a true artist has done gorgeous prints of her work. I took my glasses off to get that vintage look Steiglitz had. Lol. I love his work.

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              • willow88switches
                Jul 14, 2018 @ 22:44:24

                I remember my photography daze (sic) with great fondness and nothing beats the magic of black/white and working in the darkroom! Stieglitz – one of the greats.


  5. Kerry O'Connor
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 21:47:52

    You have captured something so elusive and frightening here.


  6. Jim
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 23:07:48

    Very touching, Toni. Indigenous tribes also have your gazelles’ problems. There is an older popular movie about this situation with the American Indian (s), “The Last of the Mohicans.”


  7. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Jul 14, 2018 @ 04:24:18

    Impossible not to read it as environmental. and feel sad. I was a little puzzled by the frames and laser copies until I read your explanation in the comments. A point worth making too, I think – and, as you indicate, pertinent to the environmental issue anyway. I’d love to see you expand on it and make this a longer poem.


  8. Vivian Zems
    Jul 14, 2018 @ 09:03:29

    An interesting perspective. Love it 😊


  9. chelsea549
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 11:17:27

    Really poetic


  10. MrsBednar
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 16:11:20

    When Toril painted this and sent me a photo of it I fell in love with it. He is grand. She won’t be making giclees this year – but her giclees are amazing – she often goes its and touches them up with paint so they really look real – and she only makes like 15 or less. I bought the original Crow/Raven – I think she entitled it “Watchful”. I have original paintings in my house – and two giclees of Toril’s. Having a daughter that is an artist also helps a bit. 🙂


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