out my window: 8/18/10

I'm sitting at my desk, working on revisions, and I look out the window in front of me.

It's not fall yet

but a fox

“let me catch sight of you again going over the wall
and before the garden is extinct and the woods are figures
guttering on a screen let my words find their own
places in the silence after the animals”

from “Vixen” by W. S. Merwin

16 thoughts on “out my window: 8/18/10

  1. Lovely. Last month there was one hanging out in my ex-wife’s neighbourhood about a quarter of a mile away–redder than yours. Yours is a curious and rather beautiful colour.

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    • Thanks, Doug. One of my other photos of him with his neck stretched out shows a better shot of the patch of red there. If he is young, maybe he will turn redder as he gets older.

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    • Doug, I just discovered the LIKE button early last week. I’m not exactly sure when it first appeared on wordpress.com blogs. I added (in fine print) a short notice of its presence to the bottom of the post that day. I had intended to put that notice on all posts for a while. Thanks for the reminder.

      That same day, I used it at a couple of other blogs, but at the moment it’s obviously hard for me to remember it’s there.

      I heard you have a particularly good post up on writing. I’m looking forward to reading it and catching up on your posts.

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  2. A friend just posted this link on Facebook in honor of the fox sighting–an amazing poem by W. S. Merwin, “Vixen” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=237370
    I especially love these last four lines:

    let me catch sight of you again going over the wall
    and before the garden is extinct and the woods are figures
    guttering on a screen let my words find their own
    places in the silence after the animals

    I may add this to the post.

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  3. Wow, a fox! I’d take her as a good omen. It makes me think of Edinburgh by Alexander Chee, which I’m reading slowly and appreciating but didn’t take on vacation. It’s not really a beach book. Thanks for the recommendation.

    There is a vixen raising her family on my street in Maine, but I haven’t seen her yet. Maybe that’s because my office windows look at my driveway and deck.

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