Authorâs note: In the twelfth century, Hildegard von Bingen published a scientiï¬c treatise on the habits and uses of plants and animals. The following is a modern update for some species in North America she would not have known. Mule Deer Deer are metaphysicians. They teach the world leaping and walking with grace. Harts despise Euclid and abhor straight lines. All their postulates are structured using the scents drifting through thick forest trees, supported by the logic of bird song. To prove a conjecture about the physics of necessity, they will leap in front of a moving vehicle that they might convince their comrades that their logic is sound. They are guardians of silence and will defend stillness with their lives. Their gaze is Hegelian, oâering thesis to your antithesis, and the synthesis will break your heart and leave you confused and tired, good only ever after for sighs and long walks. Old deer, whose antlers have grown forked with many points, are ridiculed by younger deer; they then are forced to live solitary lives, hiding the shame of their deï¬cit of daring when they stood among wolves and mountain lions. Deer resemble humans most in their arrogance
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 9, 2017
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