known, seen

a busy street

rush hour, nature lurking nearby

a family of deer emerge

a father and two children

unbothered by the modern technology 

flying past, life-threatening 

 

father approached, an unusual distance away

frozen, I waited, breath suspended

for the inevitable frightened flee

he draws near, almost within arms reach

I thaw long enough

to reach a hand out to greet him

 

and though he flinched

he didn’t run

as if he knew

~

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