Dear Deer,

Let me make it perfectly clear.
What you did last night was not right.
Shall we blame it on the full moon,
with cascades of lawn’s silvery light
inviting you to leisurely cruise?

Because of you my hibiscus bush
has been stem-stripped. Leaves, too!
The flowy hibiscus blooms are gone!
How long can I be mad at you?

Don’t blame it on your
feelin’  footloose or fancy free
in early moods all-summery.
Or maybe you were with family,
maybe you were just hungry?

Those tropical hibiscus blooms
must have been truly delicious,
each one. Oh, well, what’s done is done.
Every one. Every beautiful bloom. Gone.
Arrgh! I can’t believe it. They’re gone.

Oh, dear. Deer,
what you did last night was not right.
How long can I be mad at you?


A Lady Who Loved The Blooms

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  1. Alas, nature’s creatures do not know the difference between a cherished ornamental and other food you wouldn’t mind for them to eat. Supposedly, there are substances which can be spread around a plant or area to protect it, but I have no idea if they work. From the deer’s perspective, food is food.

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    • Hello, Michael,

      This deer leaves me perplexed in this situation. I love both–the animal in its outdoor habitat & the plant in its normal growth cycles. I will opt to hope for the best as my current thoughts are: the deer enjoyed some fine treats for a few adventurous, moon-lit nights and the bush will bounce back & continue to grow returning more beautiful blooms over time, if given the time.(Stay away, Deer.) We know the phases of the moon will swing around again as cycles cycle. I will not place harsh chemicals around the deer nor the plant. It’s nature & nature’s ways. And I can get mad & frustrated about my loss–the blooms. I can write letters posed as poetry to the deer. I’m not fond of losing the gorgeous blooms, lush leaves, nor beginning buds, but I know I can’t stay mad at a deer. He’s hungry, and as you say, food is food. And it’s yummy when we’re hungry!

      Thanks for your visit here.


  2. Jan,

    I love the poem. I must admit, it presents a real conundrum for me.
    I love hibiscus in bloom, and I love the deer free to roam. Having
    given this sad situation due consideration, I have come to agree
    with you. Such beauty as found in those blooms was never meant
    to be consumed digestively. It is truly the stuff of poetry. That said,
    the silver lining is plain to see. The breathtaking hibiscus blooms
    would have lasted a scant season had that wayward deer not indulged
    in a foray for gastronomic delights. Now, because of your stellar poem,
    those garden stars will live forever, enshrined in the awe of all who read
    your poem and savor your photography.. Brava to you!

    Please accept my sympathy for the loss.


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    • Oh, Sarah.

      In this life we deal with disappointments which often arise as surprises. This is one. I love both in nature–the gorgeous tropical hibiscus blooms and the deer. Food is food, and beauty is beauty. Here’s another facet of understanding–the deer is beautiful, too. I do get a bit mad (disappointed) and then I smile to think how delicious those blooms must’ve been. After I read Michael’s reply about “food is food” last night, I had more feelings for the well-being of the deer. I wrote another letter posed with a different perspective to the deer in the wee hours this AM before daylight as I drank my coffee. Last evening around twilight there were 3 or 4 opened blooms, although weathered-looking, on that spindly bush. At dawn, I walked on my front porch to view the front lawn. I couldn’t believe what I saw. All the blooms were gone! The bush looked like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. There will be Letter #3. Not yet though. I”m still thinking what I want to say…this time.


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  3. How gorgeous those hibiscus flowers were, Jan!

    It is difficult when it comes to wild animals
    and humans living together.

    I live in a large metropolitan area.
    Even though it is city upon city and traffic and business,
    because we are a state with many city lakes and park areas,
    we have a lot of wildlife.

    I have had wild turkeys on my patio, bunnies, hawks
    (looking for the wild bunnies).
    A favorite nearby park with a lake has eagles flying overhead.
    We have mallards that land in the apartment swimming pool
    early in the morning for a relaxing swim.
    A raccoon and her babies once nested in the house
    of a neighbor next door. They tore up her gutters
    and caused damage on her roof.
    Don’t get me started on the squirrels that dig up my flowers
    when they are seedling in the pots.
    I do have a soft spot for the white squirrels. 🙂

    We have so many deer coming into the cities
    and coming onto the freeways, causing accidents and deaths.
    There is an over-population problem as well.
    In the winter, some of them starve and spread disease
    because too many of them are fighting for the limited Winter food supply.

    It is a very difficult balance.

    I think the deer, in general, would be better off if
    they stayed further out in the northern part of the state,
    away from humans.

    Some people here who live in areas with deer issues
    plant Bee Balm, Fox Glove, or Columbine.
    Humming birds love the Columbine.
    I have had Fox Gloves and I can tell you
    the big bumble bees just love them.
    So I feel like I am helping out the bumble bees. 🙂

    At least you have pictures
    and a poem that you have shared with us!

    take care,


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