timid eyes

from the forest

beckon, yet hold back,

wanting to love,

afraid to trust.


lithe body,

like a deer,

ready to spring

at the first sign

of danger.


delicate features

worthy of infinite contemplation,


ready to color

at the slightest provocation.

i want to coax her

from the forest,

show her

there is nothing to fear;

yet,  i know there is.


so, from a distance

i watch

the timid gentle creature.

all I can give her

is freedom.


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