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What Deer Season Means to Me

ISSUE:  Spring 2019


In the house there were always two 
white deep freezers packed pretty 
decent with red meat. Deer season, 
the hunters and the deer would satisfy 
rent in season, by meat if not by cash. 
It was May, I was fifteen and we smelled 
fifteen or so throughout the warm insides
of the man-handled school bus, when pops 
steers quick and clear to dodge the deer 
and Shirlean yells, I didn’t even know it was 
deer season. As if deer only lived so they 
could be killed during deer season. 
What’s a deer outside of deer season, 
except a reason for deer season? 



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