Tuesday, June 7, 2011

If I Were A Fox


If I were a fox,
I would crave clean sheets--
Ones you slept on.
Ones like these.

I know that you
Steal out to kiss the night,
Like a somnambulist,
Hardly knowing that you do, or why.

If I were a fox,
I would trick the morning,
Shake the vole,
Hide my kits all over your rolling lawns.

When you come to yourself,
Don't disbelieve in red things, just because.
Don't dismiss the lingering feel of fur,
Of tail, of paws.

If I were a fox,
I would lie hidden in your other life--
Beyond naming,
Beyond saving,
And especially beyond laws.

_______

for One Shot Wednesday 49

35 comments:

hedgewitch said...

I've read this twice, once out loud, just for the sheer pleasure of the words and the way you've plaited them into this shining braid of red, then for the sad but wild contents. I love to see what the feral girl does when she comes out to play.

Brian Miller said...

i like tail, fur and paws...err...playful, sensual...ah...and sounds so sweet to the ears...

dustus said...

Law abiding foxes are never fun and not all can write to save their fur being cat-dog. hehe This one does sound sweet to the ears.

Dulce said...

who needs laws when there is a fox about.. called SHAY?

... beware of this sweet heart!

:-)

ileana said...

What do you mean "if," chica?? ;)

Heaven said...

a creative way of writing - i enjoy reading your posts~

Sioux said...

The first and third stanza were my favorites---for different reasons.

I love the ideas that the word "fox" brings to mind.

G-Man said...

Dearest FireBlossom,
I never dreamed that you could fit the word Somnombulist in a such a beautifully Vixenesque Masterpiece!
You pulled it off baby.....G

Cloudia said...

"If I were a fox,
I would lie hidden in your other life--
Beyond naming,
Beyond saving,
And especially beyond laws."

You touch and excite my soul, dear Shay. I'm thrilled that we are friends.



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Sherry Blue Sky said...

Another wild child gem. I so love it. "If I were a fox I would lie hidden in your other life". It can be lonely, being a fox. I love your poem!

Ann Grenier said...

Gorgeous redhead as a sleek fox in a beautiful poem. I love it!

ellen abbott said...

especially beyond laws.

mac said...

Ileana stole my comment !

What do you mean "IF"?
If you were a fox,
you'd be called Shay :-)

HermanTurnip said...

I'll admit that I had to look up the word "somnambulist".

...was I the only one?

upinthecosmos said...

LOL... I had to look it up too Herman. Such a fancy word for something so simple... man I love words:-) Great write!!

Louise said...

A real pleasure to read..enjoyed it very much! :)

moondustwriter said...

Ahhhh that fox so adept at ...

Shay you got that word thing going - all I see is red!

Daryl said...

I've been trying to trick the morning for years ...

Poets United said...

You are my favourite trickster. Love this one - Fox, or not...

Lolamouse said...

"You know you're a cute little heartbreaker, foxy..."

blueoran said...

This "feral girl" trope is such a magnificent myth -- it gives you the template of an entire wilderness to lay over everyday life. It also reminds me that we are much, much more the animal of appetite and survival and procreation than out mommies and daddies tried to civilize out of us. I always tread respectfully round the edges of your poems, wary of straying too close to your attention. Shhhhh. - Brendan

Old Ollie said...

You're stiring up some myths here - totally cool poem - a gem.

LauraX said...

love this love this foxy lady!

Beachanny said...

The lure of the wild ginger haired, the glitter there of green in the eye, the wildness that seeks the word in her fur. Bait is strong, she should be wary of your trap.

James Rainsford said...

"I know that you
Steal out to kiss the night,
Like a somnambulist,
Hardly knowing that you do, or why."
Simply brilliant! I loved the whole experience of reading this skilfully crafted poem. Also love the photo. Wish I'd taken it.
Thanks so much for sharing. James.

jen revved said...

But you're not. Or are you? xj

Sara said...

Like "hedgewitch," I read this several times just because it's fun to read. I like the first lines in the second and fourth verse...

"I know you"
"When you come to yourself,"

Mama Zen said...

I love that last line!

K9friend said...

I really like this. The rhythm is smooth and the "fox" metaphor delightful!

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

ami de manila said...

This is my first experience of your poems and I am mesmerized.

Susannah said...

Wonderful. :-)

Isabel Doyle said...

Nice fox tail, Basil, Renard and kits

Mary said...

I love it!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Exquisitely sensuous and filled with self-knowledge. Another favourite.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Wow! What a wonderful read.

Anna :o]