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The Fox
by James S. Dorr

Red, red, the shadowed moon, 
the loping fox against the snow;
red the blood that marks her trail,
the hunter's arrow grazing fur
and piercing flesh; the shoulder sore.

Gray, gray, the dawning wood --
the fox now hurries, dodging trees;
and gray the time that fleets away,
as fast as vixen seeking ground.

Green, the farm roofs drawing near,
the forest's edge, the fields of day;
green, the robe a daughter wears
so hastily thrown on her back,
and green the tea the servants steep
against the morning, while white snow
drifts, softening marks that lie outside.

Black, black, the maiden's hair
she brushes now within her room;
black the lacquered combs, the fear, 
and red, the haunting of a dream
as she awaits her love, the huntsman,
wincing with a shoulder's pain.

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James Dorr's new book, Darker Loves: Tales of Mystery and Regret, is due out from Dark Regions Press as a companion to his current fiction and poetry collection, Strange Mistresses: Tales of Wonder and Romance (Dark Regions, 2001). Other recent poetry has appeared in Star*Line, Doorways, Balticon 40 Program Book, Dwarf Stars, Bondage: Tales of Obsession, and Sporty Spec: Games of the Fantastic. Indiana resident Dorr is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and a multi-time Rhysling finalist, as well as an active member of SFWA and HWA.

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"The Fox" © 2008 James S. Dorr. Used by permission of the author.
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