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Whitetail deer, March 2006. (Paul A. Johnsgard)

A scarlet and orange dawn this frigid morning,
Fringed by a few thin purple ribbons.
Their fragile legs broke through the ice crust
With the snapping sound of a small child
Stepping on the Styrofoam packing
Found in his box.
The deer stood motionless
And I could hear
The whoosh of their nervous breathing
As they watched me
Unravel another gift.

—J. Kemper Campbell

 

Image Credit: Whitetail deer, March 2006. (Paul A. Johnsgard)

 

Immigration in Nebraska