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Poem: "Turning the Brush" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Turning the Brush"

This poem came out of the October 1, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from Dreamwidth user Brushwolf.  It has been sponsored by janetmiles.


Turning the Brush


Reynaud has never loved the British,
and the British have always hated foxes.

The French and the British
have been at war -- off and on --
for centuries, but battle
was never a fox's field of favor.

There is always someone,
a peasant displeased with his lord perhaps,
who will turn the brush as the hunt goes by
to give the red runner a little extra luck.

America, too, has its foxhunts,
though they're different in form,
a single hound and hunter baying on the trail.

Reynard is no fool,
and knows them anyway.

It is the trickster's game he plays,
a subtle war waged on social structure.
He teaches the leaders to be deceitful,
to sneak and steal and skulk

so before you know it,
the foxes are watching the henhouse

and Reynard laughs all the way back to his den.

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From: technoshaman Date: December 19th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grins*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 19th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm happy that you enjoyed this.
natf From: natf Date: December 21st, 2013 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I am not sure that the British all hate foxes but it is true that there is an age-old tradition of fox hunting in the UK.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 21st, 2013 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

Some do, some don't. Foxhunters often purport that foxes are a nuisance, hence the need for hunting them; but they are careful to ensure there are always enough to hunt. Farmers -- especially if they raise livestock -- are more likely to have a serious hatred of foxes. In the realm of myth and legend, the British are often iconized as fox-foes.
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