"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Unequaled Mastery

Hell’s hunt on pounding hooves
rattles leaves in its quest
to slaughter mystery.

Ego thinks bravado’s noise
will scare sly into misfortune,
but cunning wears silence well.

Man, horse or hounds are no match
for the fox’s unequaled mastery of using
another’s bluster as a cloak for disappearing.

©Susie Clevenger 2013

What the fox actually sounds like.

At Real Toads Mama Zen challenged us with, "What does the fox say?" She wanted us to use 43 words or less to communicate it, but I broke the rules by five extra words.  Words Count With Mama Zen ~ Sleepover Edition


Bill Nicholls said...

It's illegal to fox hunt in the UK now they have to go drag hunting now.

Marian said...

ooooh, "cunning wears silence well." indeed, brilliant line Susie!

Hannah said...

"cunning wears silence well"

I love this line and that you brought in part of what the true fox is like. Well written, Susie!

grapeling said...

much prefer the 2nd video :)

my heart's love songs said...

love your response to the prompt, Susie. i agree that
"cunning wears silence well"
is just an absolutely brilliant line!

enjoyed listening to the fox vocalizations. (will NOT listen to the song!)

Mama Zen said...

Oh, this is outstanding!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I adore the fox calls. I had never heard them. I love your beautiful poem too, and your respect for Brother Wolf.

humbird said...

'the fox’s unequaled mastery of using
another’s bluster as a cloak for disappearing.' ~ love the last line, and voices are magical...~ once while walking I got in the loop of fox' voices...it was scary...~ cool writing!

Sumana Roy said...

'but cunning wears silence well.'....is a gem....a brilliant piece

Kay L. Davies said...

I know they're not pets, I know they're not dogs, but I just want to kiss the face in that first photo. What a beauty! And I agree with the others about "cunning wears silence well"...perfect.

Vandana Sharma said...

Oh! yes cunning like fox!

Sam Edge said...

You literally found out what the Fox says - good work.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thank you for including a clip so we could hear what the foxes really say, and for adding your voice to the outcry against hunting these beautiful creatures.

Margaret said...

The above quote captured my attention as well. The second video had me transfixed!

razzamadazzle said...

Wonderful. Chilling the way you've described the hunt.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Late but sincere.....my blog has been gathering dust and I miss my word smith friends! :)

This is stellar!
I love (did I say love?!) the use of the cloak imagery! Just love it!

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