Almanac Poetry: Encounter with a Fox


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Encounter with a Fox


There was one,
perhaps a little simple,
who passed by my cottage
at dusk on summer nights.
Sometimes he’d sit
mere feet from my flywire door,
my cat staring at him from inside.
‘Go away! Fuck off!’ I’d yell,
and the fox,
in his own time,
after having a scratch,
would slowly move on.


I think he was
the same animal
I saw days later, shot dead,
hanging over a neighbour’s barbed wire fence.
You shouldn’t loiter
if you’re a fox.
You must be swift,
and elusive as the wandering wind.




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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, will be published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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