Foxes pop up in a lot of myths. In Cherokee myths, “tsu-la” / “fox” shows up in a story explaining why rabbits have short tails. Tsu-la tricks the rabbit into getting his tail stuck in a frozen lake.
In Chinese lore, the kitsune are foxes that possess magical abilities. While they sometimes trick people, they are also shown as being very faithful and are guardians and protectors. The more tails there have, the older and wiser it is. They can have as many as nine.
There’s nothing like a little fox tail …
Do you believe in monsters?
I was talking to my six-year-old and referred to him as my son.
He stopped and proclaimed in a loud voice, “I am SON! KING UNDER THE MOUNTAIN!”
It’s good to have goals.
an old man stands on a bloodless altar,
silver spades gleaming in his eyes.
he parts his hands,
raising his fists to the defeated sun,
as if he, himself, holds the string to heaven,
or can starve the stars from the sky.
yet like wolves–silent, loyal, waiting–
with sunken eyes,
and faces stained from mud and shadows,
we watch him,
making his offering,
giving the sun as his only sacrifice.
INTO THE DREAMTIME
Kneeling on the edge of some shameful dream,
The sky lingers on the verge of twilight,
Neither day nor night, but in-between,
As the lulling clouds roll overtop,
Like an ocean inverted above our heads,
That leaves the stars to drown,
In twilight’s speckled spider’s web.
The birds fly backward,
Painting the mountains purple
With their gentle, black wingtips,
While the first lights of the waking sun
Swirl into puddles of orange and red,
And for a moment, Time is forgotten,
As if it had never been.