Robert Frost (1874-1963) wrote verse that captured the essential experience of his rural life in New England.
His language was comfortable and easily accessible. In nature, he observed life at large. He was a natural philosopher who noted, through the flow of the seasons, how a moment, a meeting, an action, or a brief conversation may become deeply significant when we reflect on our experiences. Often he was aware of the resonance in the exact moment too.
While his pared down verse speaks simply it expresses the profound.
I think of Frost often when I am on the hill in the remote northwest highlands of Scotland. Through the seasons I am aware of powerful moments of what feels like magic.
Meeting deer in the woods, or along their favourite path, I recall Frost’s romantic poem, Two Look At Two, a spellbinding encounter between humans and animals.
In the poem, a pair of lovers walking at dusk come upon a doe. Between them a wall, yet their connection is powerful.
‘She saw them in their field, they her in hers.’
She shows no fear. The lovers sense enchantment and imagine that seeing her might be all of it, yet she is joined by a buck, who emerges round a spruce tree. He comes close, and he too shows no fear.
All four seem under a spell.
Why are the deer ‘unscared’? Do they sense the lovers’ love? What is the poem showing us? Perhaps that when we become as fearless as the deer, we deepen our capacity to connect in extraordinary ways?
The precious moments of the encounter seem a magic spell, an ‘unlooked-for-favour‘. A great wave of love.
Frost’s poem dances through my thoughts when I encounter deer.
Here’s a recent meeting, and yes, it is enchantment to be this close and trusted. A great wave of love.