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The poem I chose is Traveling Through the Dark by William Safford The first line of the poem sets the scene as do most poems The narrator has been confronted with a dilemma Should he move the object out of is way in this case a deer on the side of the road He also indicates what course is usually taken as this would be better for others The deer he found at night time was dead The dilemma is compounded by whether to roll it into a canyon off the road Doing so would require skill because not only is it dark but the road is narrow If he swerves the car there could be more deaths He used the cars tail light in the darkness to notie that the dead deer was a doe who had been recently killed It was not too recently because although it was stiffened it was not quite cold He dragged her away from the road noticing her belly was large Wondering why he touched it and noticed her side was warm The reason was that there was a live fawn in the does belly but he knew the fawn would not be born naturally He hesitated beside that road wondering what to do He stood to the rear of the car with the engine running and he could her the silence in the wilderness as though it were listening to what was taking place His thoughts were the moral dilema as he thought for all of us 1241 He thought about would be the right thing to do and his swerving was tring to decide the best course of action -- perhaps to try to get the fawn out of the does belly so it could live or to push the doe with the fawn insider her into the canyon This was in symbolic of the decisions we face Doing the former act
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