You look so innocent and sweet,
and so forlorn and lost.
You have beautiful horns and a lovely face.
You are the deer an animal so sweet.
The majestic Tiger and the ferocious Lion,
hunt you relentlessly for meal after meal.
You run as fast as you can,
sometimes you escape and sometimes you are easy meat.
Over times immemorial,
you have been hunted by men of all hues,
by kings of great kingdoms,
for sport and recreation.
Some of you are plain,
while some of you are spotted,
but all of you have one thing in common,
you are entirely harmless.
It is indeed a pity,
that an animal like you that gives no trouble to anyone,
is hunted so relentlessly,
by so many with so much cruelty and heartlessness.
You are part of many a religious myth.
The Reindeers among you pull Santa Clause’s chariot,
full of presents for children during Christmas,
or so goes the story.
And in the epic tale of Ramayana,
Maricha the terrifying demon,
assumes your beautiful Golden form,
and makes Sita send Rama to capture you for her.
All said and done,
you are another beautiful marvel,
of millions of years of evolution.
You and your lot simply hold me in a thrall.