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Together in the Evening Light
Carolyn Chilton Casas


In the soft light
of longer evening hours,
we sit down
at our rough pine table
with warm plates
of grilled fish and
steamed vegetables.
I glance past my husband
and see two deer
lying on the grass—
a doe, her eyes locked
with mine and her fawn,
head twisted back resting
on his shoulder as he sleeps.
She does not startle
when I stand to bring
the butter, pour the wine;
they are frequent guests.
In a bougainvillea next
to the window, a blue jay
has been darting in and out,
carrying twigs to knit
her nest.  Now she hops
in bushes near the deer,
then flutters to a stop
on top of the fawn.
When there is no complaint,
she begins to pick at his
molting hair,
his humble offering
to the blue babies
about to come.

© by Carolyn Chilton Casas.
Used with the author’s permission.

Carolyn Chilton Casas lives on the central coast of California. A Reiki Master and teacher, she often explores ways of healing in her writing. Carolyn's stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of one poetry collection, Our Shared Breath. A new collection, Under the Same Sky, is forthcoming. Carolyn enjoys hiking and beach volleyball; learn more about her on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ .


Post New Comment:
How utterly charming :)
Posted 05/06/2022 12:26 AM
Beautiful imagery.
Posted 05/05/2022 04:45 PM
A lovely and wonderful reminder of how all of us earthly creatures are connected. Thank you!
Posted 05/04/2022 01:56 PM
Wilda Morris:
Wonderful example of the connectedness of every creature - and how to live with nature.
Posted 05/04/2022 11:08 AM
Posted 05/04/2022 10:31 AM
Beautiful! I love the endingthe intertwining of lives, even at their beginnings
Posted 05/04/2022 10:13 AM
Janet Leahy:
The line "she does not startle" tells us everything about the setting where Carolyn finds this poem, also love the bougainvillea, how lucky to have that next to the window. Thanks for a beautiful poem.
Posted 05/04/2022 10:09 AM
And to think that the molting hair acquired from the willing fawn will find its way into the jay's "under-construction" abode!
Posted 05/04/2022 09:58 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this picturesque touching poem that proves that the maternal instinct is strong in nature's creatures.
Posted 05/04/2022 09:26 AM
Nice picture... poem!!
Posted 05/04/2022 09:14 AM
Here in Pinedale, Wyoming, the magpies pick ticks from the moose.
Posted 05/04/2022 09:11 AM
Posted 05/04/2022 08:58 AM
Larry Schug:
Simply amazing! A great story poetically told. It's what you get when you pay attention.
Posted 05/04/2022 08:56 AM
Ron Stewart:
Beautiful Carolyn. Such trust. You are truly living with nature.
Posted 05/04/2022 08:39 AM
Love this! Carrying twigs to knit her nest!
Posted 05/04/2022 07:06 AM

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