I saw a deer on the road today

Likely separated from its herd

Though dappled and cute, it was still a stray

And I stopped, though didn't say a word

To my partner sat in my old car

Who initially jumped and spluttered

I didn't know if the deer had come far

Like we had, as my steel car puttered

Young eyes watched me, or rather my cage

Pollen shaken loose from spring trees, winding

As if cut from a tourist's brochure page

Concrete, tar, paint, and loam earth binding

The deer blinks and then it wanders off

Back into the verdant woods whence it came

I continue at my partner's soft cough

I drive on, and I think we're the same