I kept waking up all night long because I was hearing rustlings in the trees, and in the morning I felt very distant from my traveling companions. I wondered if the fawns were still with me because I'd see their faces when I closed my eyes. I composed the poem beside the Klamath River at first light.
I think about those fawns to this day, and I also think about what it would mean to be a doe who'd lost her fawn. There were so many deer dead along those bending roads, and it made my heart and voice so thin. I think about those fawns more now since I live in the U.P. and I do video work with deer whenever I can, including the albino "ghost deer" of Marquette, who's featured in the new poetry film, "Night on Klamath River."
You can view the video poem on my YouTube Channel or below.