Thursday, September 29, 2016

POETRY FRIDAY: "Beach Road Fox"

This short lyric is a mix of memory and imagination. It is also an homage to Robert Frost, whose work I've been reading closely. Thought it out for two weeks, wrote it in two hours. 

Beach Road Fox

An ocean fog brings foxes out by day,
And, driving home, I scare one on its way
To meet a rabbit for an early meal,
A splotch of rust the light’s too dim to name
True red, its tail a curl of orange peel
Or the guttering appendage of a flame.

For spotting one, it’s not as if I owe
More than a look, but nearer now I slow
The car to watch it disappear among
Beach rose bushes there along the road
(A fox’s only debt is to its young)
In loping imitation of a toad.






© 2016 Steven Withrow, all rights reserved

8 comments:

Carol Varsalona said...

Steven, I do like this poem with its highly visual appeal and interesting information: “An ocean fog brings foxes out by day… its tail a curve of orange peel Or the guttering appendage of a flame.” I am in the process of designing my summer gallery that you offered a poem so stay tuned for the announcement of the unveiling.

Liz Steinglass said...

Lovely. My favorite lines are those about the curl of the tail. Lovely rhyme too.

Jane @ raincitylibrarian.wordpress.com said...

I adore foxes - they always have a hint of the magical about them.

Violet Nesdoly said...

This is quite lovely. My favourite image: "True red, its tail a curl of orange peel." Well done, Mr Frostrow.

Mary Lee said...

Lovely.

Steven Withrow said...

Thank you all!

Brenda Harsham said...

Lovely poem, with a hint of the mysterious of the vixen.

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