Sunday, 26 August 2012

The Foxes Come at Night

Not the first time I am posting about foxes, but we try to avoid monotony, so while the previous post referenced a song, this one references a book.

Some nights the yelping of foxes outside my window is loud enough to wake me up. I tried to take a photo, but foxes are elusive creatures. Besides it was dark outside and I was half-dazed with sleep, so it’s not a very clear image.


relativelytruthful said...

As I walked home last night
I saw a lone fox dancing
In the cold moonlight.

I stood and watched. Then
Took the low road, knowing
The night was his by right.

Sometimes, when words ring true,
I'm like a lone fox dancing
In the morning dew.

-- Lone Fox Dancing, Ruskin Bond.

lalanti said...

You should try from Rohan's room next time =)

Sroyon said...

@rtf: For the next fox post :)

@lalanti: Hmm, I don't know if he'll take too kindly to being woken up at 3 am!

Bamboosong said...

It was an ordinary morning: November, thin light,
and we paused over our pancakes to watch
something red move outside. Our house is on
an untamed patch of land and, across the lagoon,
another house surrounded by trees. On the banks
of their shore, facing us: a fox.

We thought he might be a dog at first for he trotted and sniffed like a dog but when he turned to us
we knew he was nobody's pet. His face was arranged
like a child's face — playful, dainty — and his eyes
were liquid and wild. He stood for awhile, looking out,as if he could see us in our pajamas, then found

a patch of sand beneath a tree and turned himself
into a circle of fur: his head tucked into his tail.
It was awful to watch him sleep: exposed,
tiny, his eyes closed. How can any animal
be safe enough to rest? But while I washed
our dishes he woke again, yawned, and ran
away to the places only foxes know.

My God I was tired of being a person. Even now his tail gestures to me across the disapproving lagoon.

-The Fox, by Faith Shearin

Sroyon said...

That is a really nice passage. Where did you come across Faith Shearin's writing, if I may ask?

Bamboosong said...

actually...i didnt. a friend sent it to me and it was because i wanted to share ruskin bond with her that i discovered your site!

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