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Poetry Sunday-Night Visitor


Night Visitor 


She slips out from the shadows

into the moonlit fields.


Gliding, her tawny hide now black

under the blanket of stars,

she is mindful of her purpose.


Stopping occasionally for a nibble along the fence line,

she melts back to the cover at woods edge

to safety and rest.


© Donna Donabella 2013



I wrote this poem watching deer in winter a year ago.  It is amazing to see deer suddenly appear at the tree line, and then just as magically fade back.  In winter they usually appear at dusk making them harder to see.


You can read more about the deer in our area, especially the fawns, in my Wildlife Lesson post from last Thursday.  While many find these animals a nuisance, we try to live with them.  There are times though we do have to exert a bit of control over what is ours to eat in our veg garden as we provide other plants for deer.


I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

deer collage

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Special Note: These are pictures of deer that live around us and share the land.



I leave you with a little reminder of the magic of deer.   I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

deer poem

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. February 8, 2015    

    Your poem is perfect homage to the beauty of your visitor. Thank you.

    • February 8, 2015    

      Thanks Soosie….it is amazing to watch these beautiful creatures.

  2. February 8, 2015    

    aaahhhh…. so beautiful… there used to be deers in my gramma’s garden and we could watch the from the window… so magical

    • February 8, 2015    

      They are magical as they appear and disappear from view!

  3. February 8, 2015    

    We have deers appearing in our garden every once in a while. There is something magic in watching them appearing.. Beautiful.

    • February 8, 2015    

      I agree Bjorn…glad you liked the poem.

  4. February 8, 2015    

    we have several deer that sleep in our back yard…so this is s a scene that is very familiar to me…
    they sleep under the grape arbors…its fun to see the family change over the years as well…

    • February 8, 2015    

      Brian that sounds so beautiful to see them sleeping.

  5. February 8, 2015    

    cool pics… we have them too, but never could get photos like yours… lovely lines… under that blanket of stars

    • February 8, 2015    

      I am glad you enjoyed the poem….they come right up to the house so it is pretty easy to get those shots….

  6. February 8, 2015    

    This piece works well as a metaphor also..the struggle for safety and rest spans many a species…lovely poem

    • February 8, 2015    

      You are very perceptive Jae as so many species struggle.

  7. February 8, 2015    

    very enigmatic and very beautiful

  8. February 8, 2015    

    To see that deer must have been magical indeed ~

    • February 8, 2015    

      If I wake up at night in winter, I love gazing out in the garden and catching a glimpse of them.

  9. February 8, 2015    

    We have deer here too; and so true that at dusk one often sees them. I just love them and always hope that my dogs will not spy them (from the house), as enjoy having them share my environment & feel gifted to have them live so close. I love your poem and your photos…..

    • February 8, 2015    

      Thanks Mary…it is a privilege that they share our garden here with us.

  10. February 8, 2015    

    Simply, you tell her night-time story, honoring her natural magnificence. I love this.

    • February 8, 2015    

      I am so pleased you liked the poem Kim…thank you!

  11. February 8, 2015    

    Such beauty. The photos are such a treat, and your poem sets the scene before us to perfection. We have a lot of deer here, too, and dusk is their fave time, for sure…….

    • February 8, 2015    

      They are magnificent creatures who endure so much to survive…so happy you enjoyed this Sherry!

  12. February 8, 2015    

    A beautiful poem 🙂

  13. February 8, 2015    

    I loved reading this. So much beauty in Gods creatures 🙂

    • February 8, 2015    

      Thanks Torie…I couldn’t agree more!

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  15. February 8, 2015    

    Deer are so wonderful–such ethereal creatures–lovely piece and great pictures!

    • February 8, 2015    

      So pleased that you really liked the post Audrey!

  16. February 8, 2015    

    I have met a deer or two in the journey. They seem to possess a calming quality. Lovely poem.

    • February 8, 2015    

      I agree Truedessa…I think that is why I love them so much!

  17. February 8, 2015    

    I love deer and standing close to them is a blessing. Your poem captures this very special experience and your photo is absolutely priceless, much better than nay I have ever taken.

    • February 8, 2015    

      Very kind of you to say so Gabriella!

  18. February 8, 2015    

    Oh, I remember reading this poem on your blog before, Donna, so sweet, and the pictures of the deer are adorable 🙂

    • February 9, 2015    

      How lovely you remembered this poem Loredana….it is one of my favorites so I was glad to share it again here!

  19. February 8, 2015    

    I am watching them too…. You captured them perfectly

    • February 9, 2015    

      I know you love them too….Thanks Michelle!

  20. February 9, 2015    

    I’d certainly love to welcome these beautiful night visitors at my yard, too. Amazing how you could find companions in them. Thank you for the poem. I enjoyed it!

  21. February 9, 2015    

    Every now and then we have peacocks visiting our garden area, it’s amazing how wonderful one can feel with these wild animals frequenting our surroundings.

    • February 9, 2015    

      I agree…and what a lovely sight it must be to see peacocks.

  22. February 9, 2015    

    I like that you share your space with the deer. They sure are beautiful. It must be nice to just watch them, photograph them, write about them. Great post.

    • February 9, 2015    

      It is wonderful to share my garden with nature Myrna….the critters are my muse!

  23. February 9, 2015    

    Beautiful image and words written with love! ‘she is mindful of her purpose.’ ~ Love

  24. February 9, 2015    

    This post holds a lot of magic and memories of my own encounters with these delicate creatures. Deer are a symbol of gentleness, especially toward self and your words and photos exemplify that sense and meaning.


    • February 9, 2015    

      What a lovely thought of gentleness towards oneself…we often forget that.

  25. February 9, 2015    

    They appear and disappear suddenly. That makes it an event awaited for. A great privilege and a wonderful write Donna!


  26. February 9, 2015    

    It is a privilege and we await them again soon we hope. The winter has been a hard one.

  27. G L Meisner G L Meisner
    February 9, 2015    

    Deer are everywhere. Sometimes far to close.

    • February 9, 2015    

      And that is such a problem for them and us…..But I still love to see them. Our large groups have been dwindling.

  28. February 9, 2015    

    There is a beautiful wonder about how they silently move through our vision
    as if in a mist, isn’t there. So much love for what you’re doing here….your
    writing and images and the way you’re patching them together like gorgeous
    quilts…..just wonderful!
    thanks for sharing who you are,

    • February 9, 2015    

      And thank you Jennifer for your sweet encouragement. The deer do appear and disappear as if in a mist…..magical!

  29. February 9, 2015    

    Wonderful shots of the deer.

  30. February 9, 2015    

    Beautiful and well written. :o) We are overrun with deer here and they often end up as roadkill. But they are so beautiful and I’m always excited when I see them.

    • February 10, 2015    

      I agree that it is so sad the deer are often kept in check as roadkill, but so incredibly beautiful.

  31. February 10, 2015    

    A sweet homage to the deer in your lovely poem.

  32. February 10, 2015    

    Delightful! I love this Donna! Enjoy your day my friend! Hugs, Diane

    • February 10, 2015    

      Hugs to you too Diane….send a bit of your warm air our way would you. I could do with a bit of a warm up.

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