Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Fox's Testimony

I was offended by the egg.
The purple-eyed featherless one inside,
suspended in goo, wouldn't even open her eyes,
and therefore believed
that her shell marked the dangerous end of everything.

She was right.
I ate her whole damn world,
and the yellow gunk on the tip of my nose condemns me.
Fly, little preposterous naked peanut;
fly straight into my stomach-nest.

It may be true that I am not the best mother for birds,
but my kits copy my every move.
They stick close, and are already skilled pilferers;
could I be more proud?
Besides, the hen is more pragmatic than sentimental.

You may get your moment yet, though--
you who judge me.
The sky, lonely for the birds that never rose,
may open and suck me and my family up into the sun,
little orange snacks to feed the fireball.

This is why the egg offends me--
I know what it has in mind.
_______

for Artistic Impressions With Margaret--Toril Fisher. Image at top is Toril's, entitled "Wanna Play?"

 
 

25 comments:

Margaret said...

"Do unto others before the do unto you?" chuckle

Oh, I love the voice in this, and how can anyone hold a grudge with those ears, eyes, and nose? Thanks for the fun, Shay!

hedgewitch said...

I seem to see a dim speck, soaring up out of the ballpark into the stratosphere. This is such a complete work, Shay--every line and image is flawlessly crafted and feeds into the next, and when you think it can't get any better than this, it does. I especially like the ending.

Lolamouse said...

You really play with the reader's sympathies in this one. In just a few lines, I was all over the place emotionally. Classic Shay.

TexWisGirl said...

the way your mind works is pure genius.

Shimmer said...

This is one of your smartest poems. It's definitely a favorite.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is brilliant! Every perfect word. LOVE the sky, "lonely for birds" and the possibility it might suck the fox right up is astonishing and made me smile. "This is why the egg offends me". Just so clever! You are a brilliant one!

Jazzbumpa said...

Magnificent!

JzB

Mama Zen said...

"that her shell marked the dangerous end of everything."

I want to pilfer that!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is really just the most amazing response.

Hannah said...

Stomach nest! Great write, FB!

Susan said...

I snorted/laughed aloud. Now I feel I should re-examine my political correctness. Oh, yeah, and the song--beg, steal, borrow. Thank you.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Oh so well done.

How strange it is that this beauty that is our earth, exists on ea or be eaten, prey or predator.

And we cannot absolve ourselves from this...

Anna :o]

angieinspired said...

First line is my favorite.

Rose Ketring said...

Your poem is so clever :)

Björn Rudberg said...

The pilfer asking for sympathy from its victims.. Sounds so very familiar..

Other Mary said...

I don't know what to say, except that I adore this! Holy cow! (as we say in Wisconsin)

Jennifer Wagner said...

Naughty foxy. The hen is definitely more pragmatic than sentimental. Wow on that first stanza especially.

georgeplaceblog said...

Makes perfect sense if you're a fox and I would rather be a fox than a hen.

Shimmer said...

"purple-eyed ... inside"

"and therefore believed (great line break)
that her shell marked the dangerou/s/end of everything"

"She was right.
I ate her whole damn world,
and the yellow gunk on the tip of my nose condemns me.
Fly, little preposterous naked peanut;
fly straight(double meaning) into my stomach(mock)-nest."

"skilled pilferers"

"The sky (kys/kiss), lonely for the birds that never rose may open and suck me ..."

"up into the sun (nus/noose)"

"little orange snacks to feed the fireball" (my favorite line)

Oh, and this one: "I know what it has in mind."

Susie Clevenger said...

The fox confesses and fate brews in the sky...love it!

my heart's love songs said...

typical Shay... which means fuckingbrilliantwaybeyondwhatmeremortalscanwrite!

don't know how you do it, but love it!

liked the song, too.

grapeling said...

that close is perfect ~

C.C. said...

"I ate her whole damn world" and "little orange snacks to feed the fireball"---utterly delicious....every little morsel :-)

Outlawyer said...

Really well done, Shay--K.

Cloudia said...

such brilliance. A world in an egg cup....and fox's mind