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Elegant Stag

Inspired by “Elegant Stag” by Tracy Cullen

Written and performed for Arts Benicia “Art of a Community” on February 24, 2018

Elegant Stag

I once was a deer.
Now it appears, I’m part chandelier.
How, oh, how did I ever get here?

Two lifetimes ago,
I enjoyed the finer things:
crystal goblets overflowing with wine,
tailored suits and soft silk ties,
the greatest operas of my time.
How I loved to hear them sing!

When I was a mere lad of twenty-one,
I fell for a young lady with, oh, such a voice!
Her spirit just overcame me.
My heart, it had no choice.

One evening as I strolled downtown
along the darkened cobblestone,
I heard the most beautiful sound,
and I knew I was not alone.
My heart was intoxicated by
the sound of her voice, so sweet.
Throughout the whole town it rang,
as I ran swiftly through the streets.

“Come here, come here. My dear, my dear,”
her melody echoed into the night,
calling out to all who’d listen.
In the soft glow of the moonlight,
her voice, like a siren it sang,
as her golden necklace glistened.

“Come here, come here. My dear, my dear.”
Were the last words before my grave.
For I did not see the car coming at me,
and no doctor my soul could save.

I awoke from my eternal slumber.
My spirit so wild and free.
I’d become a handsome young buck,
with antlers proud as an oak tree.
My renewed soul so joyous
for how I adored the forest!
I’d spend all day long
just romping along in its grand beauty.

One evening, I awoke, startled by a distant song.
Each note, my soul, it beckoned.
Where had I heard this tune before?
“Come here, come here. My dear, my dear.”
into the crisp forest air, it rang.
Was this my one true love, coming back for me?
I ran from the forest to see her again.

Alas, I did not see the headlights,
upon that lumberjack’s truck.
Her angelic voice flowed from the radio,
as it smashed into this poor buck.
She’d gone on to be a famous singer,
and I, well, this is my luck!

D.L. Lang is the current Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She is the author of ten books, and one spoken word album. Her poems have been published in the Benicia Herald, Jewish Journal, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, the Benicia First Tuesday Poets anthology Light & Shadow, and in A Poet’s Siddur: Friday Evening Liturgy through the Eyes of Poets. Lang has been a featured act at several events including the Vallejo Man March, Unity Day, Solidarity with Charlottesville, and International Peace Day. She is also a regular at Poetry by the Bay and leads the Poetry in Notion poetry circle. She has won ribbons and rosettes at the Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, and Solano County Fairs. Her poems have been transformed into songs, liturgy, and used as a means to advocate for causes.

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