Spotted Deer [Haibun]

Spotted deer framed in a glade, the warm morning light showing each coat to be a distinct shade of tawny brown. Two deep brown eyes - glassy but lively - keep watch, while the herd hangs heads low, grazing lazily on the overgrown greenery. The deer mill about so languidly that one could count each one's spots.

spotted deer,
grazing in a glade,
one stands sentry

DAILY PHOTO: Scenes from Lincoln Park Zoo

Flowering Mountain Garlic; Summer 2018, Lincoln Park
From Lincoln Park toward the Belden-Stratford and Conservatory Buildings
Solomon Island Leaf Frog
Giraffe Portrait

POEM: Inconspicuous Zebra

I am a master of camouflage.
Blink and I’ll have vanished.
My stripy suit may make you think
that I have been banished
from the savanna to some jail,
but I’m still standing here.
Can you see me blending so well?
“Poof,” and I disappear.