Saturday, February 27, 2016

This Used To Be His Playground

Deer prance through my neighborhood

lush habitat destroyed 
 in the name of progress

I weep at the sight

landscape feels empty
deer prints gone missing

Our city has grown by leaps and bounds since we arrived eleven years ago.  I miss deer roaming through our neighborhoods, the magic is gone.  Huge swaths of trees and brush destroyed to build a four year college in the middle of Bend that will impact traffic and disrupt homeowners' lives for decades to come. City leaders goofed on this one, big time!!!



  1. Oh...this leaves such a bitter taste...I grieve the loss of magic and the growth of cities destroying much needed wild space. We need to keep space for wild. Thank you, Helen.

  2. This makes me want to weep. Will we not realize what we're destroying until it's all gone?

  3. To lose such a magnificent sight must be heart-breaking.

  4. There seem to be no end to what's needed... and our footprint on the earth seems infinite.

  5. This pain is so real to me. My home, in Reno, (Eastern Sierra, NV) has suffered the same fate--to the point that bears have started to come down into our neighborhood looking for food. We see deer, too, and coyote. And then newcomers grouse about the animals invading. Grrr. Blogger won't let me comment on my Wordpress blog (you've already visited) so this is my defunct Google blog.

  6. So true, so sad. Seems we just keep destroying & invading wilderness areas without any thought of the impact on others. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. It's pretty hard for the creatures to exist with all our concrete and 'civilization' isn't it? Nicely written, Helen, perfect for the Haiku form. Do you remember the song, "Big Yellow Taxi" by the Counting Crows? It started,
    "They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot ... "
    and ended,
    "Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got
    Til its gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot ..."

    1. I meant to mention here about the wild rabbit who lives in our back yard and grazes upon our pansy beds that we planted for winter flowers.

  8. Large human footprint, vanishing critter sad.

  9. Dearest Helen,
    Yes, the free roaming animals are being pestered more and more when concrete and asphalt is getting expanded rapidly.
    Both of us were so shocked when we went back to Arizona where the huge grounds of the Resort with golf course and gardens once were, where we stayed. Not for playing but for Pieter lecturing at a conference. The fresh air the view it was like paradise when having lunch on the patio. ALL gone because someone calculated that shopping malls would yield a lot more per square foot... Yes, some developers and city leaders (?) are selling our very soul!
    Let's hope we will continue to have our nature around home!

  10. Hi Helen! Oh, the snap of the deer is so pretty. I know deer can do a lot of damage, but they are just the most beautiful creatures. Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. I'm moving to a college town in the mountains - there are many that I think miss their old small town - others are upset they are expanding this college (they are doing well in sports - so they want go to the next level - adding a few thousand students which means more building... We will be new to town, but I understand their angst.

  12. This is my current heartbreak where I live. More and more land is being consumed by concrete.