Why Can’t Deer Dance (Draft 1)

Why Can’t Dear Dance

Why Can’t Deer Dance?

Oh Dear Deer,
I’d buy you a car
if you’d

cross at the traffic light
and not

hoof it across the road
into my car,

if you’d tap dance carefully,
it would be better
for the both of us.

— Douglas Gilbert


Court Jester

Court Jester

They say you are dead in battle
but I don’t believe it, it’s
not official to cry yet.

Dear, you can’t be gone, I miss you, I’m sorry
I left you with a mean word; I wish
I gave you the gift I saved for you.

You can’t be gone, I
made a mistake
forgive me

Oh be alive please and you can visit me in the palace —
I am myself again and it’s safe.

You haunt me in my dreams. Come
wake me from my nightmares, come
in the flesh to kiss me in a waking
dream where we share the world
and yet come home.

Come gather me up like flowers on
the edge of the swamp and I’d
plant us in your field where
daffodils are daffy, where we’d laugh
in your sunlight because you’re alive.

— Douglas Gilbert

A Shiver

A Shiver

A shiver has come over me
and I feel so cold

something hurts me, and
it twists inside, maybe

I could die, wouldn’t
it be nice to be done
at last having done
nothing, except maybe
there was a peculiar love.

Oh remember me my lovely love
who knew me always simply well

so I can grasp you to my chest
when my heart will beat no more.

I am so cold,
hug me.

— Douglas Gilbert