The deer crashes through the trees toward the paved road. Toward me. Wildly beautiful, thunderous, scared. Galloping legs, one wounded. A flame of white for its tail, like clouds, like static electricity, like cotton balls pasted on a construction paper bunny. It crosses the road. It climbs. With difficulty, with bewilderment, but it climbs. Almost to the top of the hill it looks back. I keep my eyes binoculared on it, wondering if it knows that up there is only a mausoleum, a view, a bench, the highway down below.
Georgia Bellas is a writer, artist, and filmmaker whose current obsession is reading plant monographs. She and Dan Nielsen are the Wisconsin-based duo Sugar Whiskey (www.sugarwhiskey.com), an electronica art band. You can follow her teddy bear, host of the award-winning weekly Internet radio show “Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon,” on Twitter @MrBearStumpy.