Deer Tracks

deer tracks

Here are the deer steps.

Well, every night a group of deer make their way to the deserted field near my house.
They eat, play run around and do deer things.

Mother deer watching.
Young deer playing.
Father deer working.

Deer families.

Every night they see my car’s lights.
The young deer race across the road.
Their mothers must be worried
Their fathers must be angry.

“Go ahead, deer. I see you.”

Across the road, and up the deer steps.
Steps that were made by hundreds of deer on hundreds of nights.

Who am I to bother them?


1. What kid of animal made the steps?

2. What are the mother deer doing?

3. When do the deer come to the field?

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

Plum blossom petals
awaken in the cold dawn
and smile at the sun.

These are plum blossoms. They are saying, “Spring will be here soon!”

I wonder.

This morning it was cold. It was zero degrees! There was ice on my car windows. Ice covered the goldfish pot. I could see my breath.

This is not spring. This is winter!

Then the sun came out. It smiled on the plum blossoms. The plum blossoms smiled at me.

“Can I take your picture?”

Some of them were shy. Some of them were quiet, but most of them were happy.

“Say ‘Cheese’!” I said. I took their picture.

The plum blossoms and a blue sky. The sun felt warm. I heard some birds singing.

“Yes, Spring will be here soon,” I thought as I walked home.


1. Do you like cold weather?

2. Why does Jeff think spring will be here soon?

3. Is there a plum tree near you? What special message does it have for you?