Melody S. Gee

Learn To Walk

Fawn, an open 

meadow is spread 
with harm.

Every clearing stir 

twitches the ear,
the follicles cup 

every rustle. Your abrupt 

posture prepared 
to spring. A life alert.

How fast blood

pumps to stay
this ready. Your body

enters the clearing

tracked and scoped.
And yet the clover.

The goldenrod. The flush

of acorns says surrender
your alarm.

Take your cover

with you. Your spots 
have not yet darkened 

into hide.

Melody S. Gee is the author of The Dead in Daylight (Cooper Dillon Books, 2016) and Each Crumbling House (Perugia Press, 2010). Her essays and poems appear in Commonweal Magazine, Lantern Review, Blood Orange Review, and The Academy of American Poets. She is a freelance writer and editor living in St. Louis, MO. Find her at