Judson Jerome

(1927-1991 / United States)

Poems of Judson Jerome

1. Deer Hunt 1/3/2003
2. Empire in Winter 1/3/2003
3. Messianic 1/3/2003
4. The Unchosen 1/3/2003

Deer Hunt

Because the warden is my cousin, my
mountain friends hunt in summer, when the deer
cherish each rattler-ridden spring, and I
have waited hours by a pool in fear
that manhood would require I shoot, or that
the steady drip of the hill would dull my ear
to a snake whispering near the log I sat
upon, and listened to the yelping cheer
of dogs and men resounding ridge to ridge.

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