Blue Fox

Franz Marc’s blue fox

curls centrally in the painting,

apparently at rest,

tail tucked under,

black nose to grass;

the fox is male, in tune

with the oneness of nature,

blue for the artist

signifying the masculine,

the spiritual. Imbedded

in the green, another

patch of blue, maybe water.

Yellow mother earth

striped violent red, a

marker of wounds, predation?

And yet the fox is

beautiful in repose,

not unlike a dog,

through feral, not domestic.

Looking on, you want

to comfort him,

scratch his ears, but

your approach would

likely startle him, best not,

his keen nose dubious

of human motives,

he would run,

seek his den.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper


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