Dogs 2014

DISTRESS SIGNAL
(9/23/14)


it's
a strange
sound

somewhere
between
a cough
and a cry

coming
from across
the field
that I'm
circumperambulating

as I arc
ever closer
I am able
to triangulate
a probable
area
of origin

then
above the grass
and weeds
I see two pointed
ears

a slender
snout

a reddish
pelt
with a long
busy tail

a young
adult fox
pacing
at the fence
of a manufacturing
lot

apparently
on the
wrong side
of the barrier

away
from its
parents

away
from its
mate

away
from its
kits

continuing
its raspy
anxious
call

it doesn't
see me
until I am
20 feet
away

then
the animal bolts
toward the woods
to take
refuge

soon
it's out
of sight

I resume
my walk

wondering
what sound
I could
broadcast

in order
to save
my own
sorry
displaced
ass