The Great Melvin Whitetail passed away last week. At 19 years old, he had a good long life and he touched tens of thousands of lives (usually by licking the salt sweat off of them). Rest in Peace, Old Man. You are loved always. An acrostic poem, in memory.

Majestic white-tailed buck, without antlers
Everyone’s favorite deer yard mascot
Licking the salt from the children’s faces
Vacuum cleaning the strollers of all crumbs
Inch of tongue always out beyond his nose
Nineteen years old, he touched so many lives

The Great Melvin Whitetail