There are five
perhaps six
there is always the invisible
when observing deer
in the woods

a speckled group
recessed into the background
Stippled light shaping
not their appearance
but the flicker
of disappearance

deeper in the trees
there are more
many more
always treading through
a numberless stillness

If you stand on the edge
of this dappled light
counting steps within
steps

you may reach the exact number
of the seen and unseen deer