To Deer in the Meadow
Between rains, you arrive,
heads down, nibbling on the green, green
winter grass. You are not anxious;
you have never heard of politics. You come
and go at will. Only, sometimes, you look up
to see if I will shoo you off my roses
and other delicacies. I have given up on that.
I am leaning into an essential, universal
truth that says we are no different. A cold wind
of bigotry has frightened me and made me hungry
for that abundance of careful management, thoughtful
governing and peace we once enjoyed. So my friends,
my deer neighbors, please, eat your fill.
I wish you well. Love, your chastened human
February 3, 2017
Gudrun Mouw (c)
Gudrun Mouw is the author of From Ashes Into Light – a novel on how to recognize fascism
with the telling of three vivid, international stories. Order online or from any local bookstore.
From Ashes Into Light is the winner of multiple awards including the 2016 International Book Awards in Visionary Fiction and New Age Fiction.
From Ashes into Light is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the hauntingly tragic story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in World War II Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai.
Friede is born during WW II to a Bavarian soldier and a East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times saving herself and family members from atrocities. With war behind them, the Mai family immigrates to the US, where Friede, her veteran father and ex-refugee mother, struggle with the reverberations of trauma. Friede is unable to find inner freedom until she meets her spiritual guide, a Rabbi, who helps her see that the voices from the past are teachers and the horrors of history are also beacons of light.
Three electric characters weave a narrative of raw consciousness, a moving example of transforming the ripple of suffering through the incredible strength of vulnerability.