Sky Burial

Holmgren, Hoag
June 2005
Gettysburg Review;Summer2005, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p241
The author narrates that rattling home on a dirt road one October afternoon, dust roiling behind the car, the author saw Gus, one of the neighborhood kids, standing in his backyard. He was transfixed, his gaze riveted to something the author could not see. The author's wife Leda and their two sons were standing behind him. He pulled into the driveway and walked around back to see what was going on. A dead deer lay in an area of the property enclosed by a split-rail fence. There was no evidence that the deer had been shot or taken down by a cougar or coyotes. No obvious signs of disease. A small part of its rump had been chewed out, though this seemed more the work of scavengers than predators.


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