the red fox
the red fox circles the tree at an unimaginable pace. he is a proud dog;
he knows his place in the natural order.
there was once a time we made red foxes out of leaves and you cried whilst listening to that song.
we left trails for the trolls but they would not follow us home.
they feared our bond; innocence spilled out of hidden pockets in crimson crinkled lines.
they couldn't read the maps in the skies in the half light.
unpacking the boxes
the wooden floor is the boat that discovered that the earth is not flat.
it is the night sky
(its slats are irregular galaxies-interspersed with bright and oh so beautiful stars;
their twinkling makes her weep.)
the floor holds secrets inside the boxes of its soul.
it has known the real meaning of darkness.
its wood has lived life after life after life after life.
and it has died and left its trail of mourning.
she cradles the wooden floor and as it sighs she feels the world grieve.
i remember you from a time long past
you held your hands over my ears
in a market place
where men wrung
they were telling one another
discussing the price of saffron;
their unfamiliar vocabulary
falls outside of my dictionary.
when we first met
you talked to me of
the spice trail in
i remembered your chivalry.
a type of crown
i stand with your head on a stick.
it brings me no joy and yet i cannot seem to
remove your severed body part
from my delicate tree branch.
i deserve all the feathers in the land,
placed upon my head in ceremony.