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    I crept beneath the trees
    In silence, focused on the prey ahead
    The dead and absent breeze
    Laid out my path; I followed where it led
    I settled snug into my stance and raised my bow
    An arrow ready, fitted; breathing slow

    The creature undisturbed
    It ate as if the world was safe and sure
    My weapon still was curbed
    I had the shot but yet surveyed it more
    It had the leaves within its mouth to swallow, though
    Instead it carried to its mate, as to bestow

    The gift was thus received
    I saw the second had an injury
    I swear it looked relieved
    Unbidden, memories flowed back to me
    The moment hit my heart, an undefended blow
    I thought back to a kindness long ago

    Not two years past I fell
    The ground was hard and so unwelcoming
    I only became well
    Due to another’s care, so seldom seen
    She brought me nourishment and took on all my woe
    I saw her now ahead, her face aglow

    She walked beside her friend
    He seemed to strengthen at her presence there
    I watched them round a bend
    Reflecting on the common bond we share
    In peace I set my arrow down and turned to go
    I cannot kill the one I've come to know

    Gilbert, AZ