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Poetry – The Fox

June 8, 2011

The Fox

*

The fox wakes from his den

drunk from sleep and hungry.

He’s acquired a particular taste

and knows the route

through wild grass shadows

and rows of beans to a farmyard

*

barren with the scratchings

and husks of the day.

Its coop glows white in the dark.

Inside echoes the uneasiness

of silent

god-unknowing prayer.

*

It’s a gift for him,

but he doesn’t know thanks

only exiting quickly, ears

pinned onto his neck, back

arched under the white fluffy weight

of his evening feast.

*

When he makes it home

he kneels down slowly

closes his eyes

and tears it open like a present;

searching its insides;

devouring its heart.

*

The meal done, he pauses

like he’s forgotten something grave.

He snoops outside, nose catching

the cold breeze. Nothing’s there.

Only a feeling inside his chest

that strains in all directions.

*

The warm den lures him back and

blooded he curls to sleep

still open-eyed to the feeling.

Dozing off he searches for it

until his dreams hunger and stray

back to chickens, rabbits, and other game.

*

AJG

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