Chimney Rock Trail, Point Reyes
Knee deep in wild iris, I look up,
Startling a dozen black tail deer:
How they stand at attention
In their cinnamon tuxedos,
Staring straight at me, ears cocked,
A perfectly rapt audience.
Above us, clouds scuff the darkening sky,
Like the lofty ceiling of La Scala.
I stand before them, still,
A conductor before an orchestra,
Without a baton.