Marking Territory

Camping with sons, ages 8 and 6,

we mark our territory by peeing the boundaries.

Delighted at this against-all-rules practice, they happily

go from north to south like foxes,

marking territory for avoidance rather than defense.


fox checking scent





Seen  from the rock ledge in autumn,
I was downwind and you looked up,
red surprised and gone without a trace.
Now, tracks in the snow, four toes, claws,
hunting meadow voles invisibly ahead of me.