Hunting the Stag

~after Robert Frost

In the
hart’s woods
there are
long lovely
passages, dark-
leaved and
shadow-deep.

In the
leafy woods
hunters are
biding, unlovely
men, dark-
eyed and
hidden deep.

In the
green woods
hounds are
baying. Lovely
hart! Dark-
hearted band!
Shadowy deep!


This is my second poem for Monty Vern’s Golden Shovel poetry collaboration, and I tried for a minimalist narrative. In each stanza, the last words of each line, in order, read “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep” from Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Peace to your !

9 thoughts on “Hunting the Stag”

  1. I’m not sure if my previous comment went through as I had some connectivity issues (a constant challenge when living in China) . Anyway…. WOW! This is amazing. I love how you were able to use the line three ways with such natural fluidity. It’s brilliant. Bravo!

    1. I love being able to connect with poets in other countries. There are some downsides to technology, but this is definitely one of the perks. All the best to you there.

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