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Saturday, March 2, 2013

After The Fox Come We

The latest Ligo Haibun prompt is a photo:

Through this snow-floored forest, a scarlet fox, and after the fox come we, never quite catching sight, following the light impressions of his paws... In Native American lore, there are differing beliefs among tribes about the sagacity of following a fox. Some believe he is a wise guide, and will lead to safety and bounty, while others believe him a trickster, who might well lead you to your demise. Uncle John Redcorn laughs and says he will lead us to a hole in the ground before too long. But when Uncle John stops to take tobacco just after we lose the trail of the fox in a rocky creek bed, I can tell he is secretly relieved.

elusive red fox
john pulls long on his cob pipe
which way now, uncle?


  1. Very nice story. I thought about tracking animals first and I'm glad I didn't yours was way better than what I can think of.

  2. very nice. wonderfully told. love the voice that you used

  3. That's really brilliant. I think the fox, like the coyote, is a trickster!

  4. sly old fox
    when he's safely home at last
    does he have a smoke


  5. wisdom in folklore
    fox leads to rocky creek bed
    no sense in testing


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