The Thought Fox

by Ted Hughes

I imagine this midnight moment’s forest:

Something else is alive

Beside the clock’s loneliness

And this blank page where ny fingers move.

Through this window I see no star

Something more near

Though deeper within darkness

Is entering the loneliness:

Cold, delicately as the dark snow

A fox’s nose touches twigs, leaf;

Two eyes serve a movement, that now

And again now, and now, and now

Sets neat prints into the snow

Between trees, and warily a lame

Shadow lags by stump and in hollow

Of a body that is bold to come

Across clearings, an eye

A widening deepening greenness

Brilliantly, concentratedly

Coming about its own business

Till, with sudden sharp hot stink of fox

It enters the dark hole of the head

The window is starless still; the clock ticks,

The page is printed.

Published by Robin

I'm a retired journalist who still has stories to tell. This seems to be a good place to tell them.

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