Among the dark trees are deer and a fog glowing
close to earth
only shoulders and heads are visible as disembodied
lit tapers in the fog-light
and branches allow them passage through arteries
of instinct and memory
return them to Oligocene forests
where hoof-beats are blood murmurs above
stones and rivers
and antlers are the calcium of the air.
Note: The earliest fossil records of deer are found
in the Oligocene epoch (extending from circa 33.9 million
to 23 million years before the present).