by Melinda Baker


a doe and her fawn grazed along the wood’s 

edge        suddenly         she was startled by a larger 

fawn bursting out of the trees         chasing her 


into the open field        he shoved his head under her 

body and attached         quickly joined by his smaller 

twin         their white tails wagged        as over and over 


they butted their noses against the doe’s belly

and sucked         pawing the earth with pleasure

until she bucked both hind legs neatly over


the shorter of the two         escaping to taste 

roses by the woodpile while her offspring

paused to lick the milk from their noses and stare at 


me watching from a window close

enough to count their fading spots         watching

for something to happen in a world where


nothing and everything was happening 

back to University & College Poetry Prizes