Not because they’re sexy. But they sure do a good job
of luring the foxes: nose-first and slender
with a streak of orange attitude, a spark; they show us how to come out of hiding.
What are those teeth for? Biting. And that tail? To say yesterday
is coming up behind you; it’ll steal away now
if you don’t act quick, so be quick.
Everywhere the air is waiting,
and the night can hear its own heartbeat.
Time now to bring things together, feathers flying… new snow on the ground.
Rob Carney’s new book Facts and Figures is available from Hoot ‘n’ Waddle. Previous books include The Book of Sharks and 88 Maps. His first collection of creative nonfiction, Accidental Gardens, is forthcoming from Stormbird Press.