white-tailed grazing

Windy fall days portend night freezes

yet under gray clouds I will praise

each season’s turn as it pleases

for I’ve gone to graze


The meadow’s emerald hair

with tender sweetness vanishing

‘tis now my daily fare

while I stroll a-foraging


In the grove’s sequestered thicket

succulent berry scents rouse

amid a white-tailed market

supremely fit to browse


Soon I’ll sleep mid moonlit blue

in snow no longer thawing

then shoots of sassafras and yew

await my hungry gnawing


Note: I took these photos in late October along Skyline Drive in beautiful Shenandoah National Park.


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