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This poem is taken from PN Review 100, Volume 21 Number 2, November - December 1994.

Two Poems Vicki Raymond

The Legend of Julian
Various saints have been depicted with stags; notably,
Eustace, who is shown confronting a stag which bears a
crucifix between its antlers. When the stag bears no crucifix,
the saint is Julian the Hospitaller, patron of innkeepers,
boatmen, and travellers.

I
The hunter, in blackness, burning like a brand,
pierces the forest brain, and bursts at last
into a clear space of sunlight. From his hand
drops the slack rein. The hounds begin to cast
about for the scent of fear, while, in plain sight,
a few feet off, the hart of ten stands fast.
The air vibrates with summer, but the night
of woven branches silences the birds
even within this circle of green light.
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