Two Foxes

Two Foxes

A Poem by Emma Ruth

Two Foxes


I saw two foxes in the canal today,

But they weren’t struggling


To their death they were surely wooed,

Drowned in the murky waters of the man-made river below.

Their vibrant red drained and their bushy tails subdued,

Dead amongst the pieces of human waste;

Washing machine, trolleys, wheelie bins…

Are these two just another two?


Of course they deserve their watery grave,

Their place amongst humanity’s rubbish,

Do not mistake my words for sympathy - it is relief;

How dare they intrude on our land and cause such grief,

These sophisticated criminals of the night.

Although I must admit, I cannot recall,

The last time I heard the hunting horn call,

Of foxes chasing their clucky victim to the point of exhaustion,

Before letting the pups rip it apart, when for its life, hours it had fought them.




(All for the good of the victim you understand, never for cruelty, fun or sport).


And now I come to think on it, nor do I remember

The last time a badger declared a cull on humans,

For intruding upon their land and spreading disease;

Criminal you are Mr Badger; how do you plead?

But you have no words or money to convince us

That you were here long before us,

And so with your silent defence we win, down you shall go,

Execution for you and your kin.


And for you, our foxy fiend,

For daring to try and survive alongside us,

For refusing to be forced from your fields of green

Even after we have marked them with our scent and gene,

With our concrete slabs, your concrete gravestone scene,

Is this what became of the Midnight Fox, Thought Fox, Fantastic MR Fox?

Is this what Dhal expected, what Disney had in mind for his hero Hood?

That despite all his good,

He would end up here, as he should,

Drowned and dead in the wake of the human flood?

© 2012 Emma Ruth

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You are talented indeed...Thank you for sharing wonerful writes...:).........

Posted 9 Years Ago

Such a deep interesting read, really enjoyed this. Made me think.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Two foxes may mean a family of foxes.
Killing them together may be considered as 'ethnic cleansing'(!) threatening the extinction of the species.
Very eloquently expressed your point.
Sarcasm and humor enhanced the bite and intensity.
Thanks for the great efforts.

Posted 10 Years Ago

we just destroy if it is our right and they have no business being here.

how sad, and reminds me of what we did to the we owned the place...they were here first and knew how to live off the land and respect it...animals are much the same...and yet, we have no respect for them or for other human animals.

this is so intense, so true...and such a message.


Posted 10 Years Ago

Very interesting perspective, a lot like the thoughts of an everyday passing by person, well done

Posted 10 Years Ago

Amazingly well written. At first, I wasn't sure what I would think of this. But I was encouraged to keep reading by your beautiful sense of imagery and description in the first paragraph (which continued on for the entire piece). It turned into a great sense of perspective, not so much on the animals, but on ourselves. On our impact in the world around us, but moreso on the way we as humans think. A very well crafted, provocative look on the human mind. Thank you for sharing this. ^^

Posted 10 Years Ago

Emma Ruth

10 Years Ago

Thank you :) I wrote this in my head while out walking my dog; it was inspired by seeing those not .. read more

10 Years Ago

No problem, it was my pleasure ^^
Interesting perspective. It unfolds like stream of consciousness. Definitely more than a fox hunt here.

Posted 10 Years Ago

There is a playful darkness breathing through your words... stirring and stunning the mind... making one's head spin on this or that, and trying with all else to fight back...

Posted 10 Years Ago

Very unique, exactly the type of poem I enjoy. Beautifuly told, thats for sure.

Posted 11 Years Ago

Such truth! Amazing words and such a beautiful sentiment. You have such meaning here, such depth and you really tear into the issue with an emotional appeal and a solid list of poetically presented evidences of man's cruelty and lack of understanding. Honestly, this is amazingly gorgeous!

My favourite bits were:
"And now I come to think on it, nor do I remember
The last time a badger declared a cull on humans,
For intruding upon their land and spreading disease;
Criminal you are Mr Badger; how do you plead?
But you have no words or money to convince us"

Dreadfully perfect, this is going in my favourites.

Posted 11 Years Ago

Emma Ruth

11 Years Ago

Thank you so much; I really appreciate you taking the time to read my work and for your lovely comme.. read more
Alexandria Reece

11 Years Ago

Well deserved and it was my pleasure!

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Added on September 9, 2012
Last Updated on September 9, 2012
Tags: poetry, fox, nature, poem, animal


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