From Cloaked Monk’s March Challenge:

On this day in 1849, scientist Luther Burbank was born. Burbank was a botanist, or someone who studies plant life. He was known for developing new types of flowers and plants. Reflect on nature.

This tanka was prompted as much by my drive home tonight as by the challenge. Close encounters of the white-tailed deer kind.

woodland messenger
winter coat of softest grey
caught in headlight’s glow
fleet of foot, white tail flagged high
vanishes into the trees

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