While slogging and sorting through endless piles of old family photos yesterday, I found this rather out of place, faded photo, taken many years ago in my parents’ snowy backyard. Seeing deer emerge from the woods was not an uncommon sight there, but this particular print had an ethereal quality to it.
Like a deer that finds
A quiet place to graze,
Seek Seclusion to digest
All you have gathered. . .
-Mamkhai Norbu Rinpoche
My heart ‘s in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart ‘s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer. -Robert Burns
My heart can be pasture for deer and a convent for monks…Love is my law. Love is my faith. -Ibn Arabi
There is a poignancy in all things clear, In the stare of the deer, in the ring of a hammer in the morning…-Richard Wilbur
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. -Psalm 18:33 NIV