Ah! there you are then,


small sharp teeth

gripping the tail of another,

forced to eternally play

with sister and brother

in a never ending circle.


Ah! there you are then,


hanging like a necklace of fur

around the neck

of a stylish grandmother,

with overtones of peppermint

and undertones of lavender.


Ah! there you are then,


Third pew from the front

in the crumbling Church

we call St. Peter's and St.Paul's,

with overtones of incense

and undertones of moth deterring balls.


Ah! here you are now  -


three well-grown foxlets playing in the warming sun,

shiny red fur with overtones of black

and breath with undertones of rabbit,

racing round in circles just for the fun

                       and biting for the hell of it.




This poem came about on rembering a fashionable eldery woman, smelling of peppermints (probably been drinking) and mothballs. She was sitting just in front of me, in Church, when I was a child. Fox furs were were draped round her neck and I was upset because they looked so unhappy.




ABOUT A GIRL - for my granddaughter ►


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Dorothy Webb

Thu 18th Apr 2019 19:39

Thank you Jean, K.J and Jon for reading and liking, I do appreciate it.


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Dorothy Webb

Thu 18th Apr 2019 19:35

thank you so much for your lovely comment, these days people would get taken to task for wearing such a thing. It must be said fox skins do look better on foxes than they do on people.

Mona Thank you also for taking the time to read and comment.


mona s

Thu 18th Apr 2019 09:12

Lovely poem.. Overtones and undertones played so well..

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keith jeffries

Thu 18th Apr 2019 09:11


This is such an exquisite poem described so perfectly so as to take the reader inside the church to the pew behind the elderly lady. My paternal grandmother had a fox fur which I remember well. The mouth snapped onto the tail as a fastener. It gave her an air of elegance in those far off days.

Thank you indeed for this

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