Dear Huntsman

When the fox preaches, look to the geese.
– German Proverb

Curiosity quintessentially
Massacres cats
But foxes only get caught
When they feel they ‘ought
So if your trap
Rudimentary as it may be
Manages to snag a canidae?
If the swiftness of the vixen
Hasn’t given it the slip?
Consider this
Dear huntsman
And be not distressed
To lend her a listen
A self professed
Aficionado of sly
One finds verity
In those flaxen eyes
Fie, the tawny tail needn’t lie
Not for some meager
Poultry prize
Consider this
Dear huntsman
And be not distressed
Lest she and the truth
Wriggle loose
In your imperviousness
Made a foolish little goose


a. duncan, 2020


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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

23 thoughts on “Dear Huntsman

      1. “If the swiftness of the vixen
        Hasn’t given it the slip?” Nothing really. I think I was listening to The Temptations singing “Just my imagination” when I read it. 😀

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      2. Lmao perhaps I need to examine why so many things I say are double entendres….. 🤭😉

        (ps. I’m still laughing hysterically about that robot clusterfuck spam comment you received and just emailed you about it)

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  1. This is beautiful, April! Such a wonderful timely tribute to the crafty cunning of your spirit animal 🦊. A great twist on the classic parable about keeping on guard against strangers with hidden agendas who wish to prey on your generosity and kindness. Your words always leave me spellbound ❤

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    1. Tom! You sweet little star fruit. Thank you! I liked this comment and then forgot to respond! Apologies!

      I am so happy you liked this one. I thought of you off and anon because you have so brilliantly captured the essence of the fox in your short story series. I kept thinking, “am I doing this justice? Am I describing them as cleverly and succinctly as Tom does?” ♥️🦊🗝

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      1. No problem, my Cherokee Rose! 🌹This was such a lovely return to form after such a hectic time for you – eagerly awaiting your thoughts on my next tale on Friday! I’m so humbled that you feel I’ve given your spirit animal adequate tribute so far. ❤ Every new piece you do lifts my spirit and brightens my week. Keep writing! 🦊

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      2. Only the best for you. 🙂 Hope things have quietened down at work & that the New Year’s brought you blessings and happiness so far. Thought I might include the collection of fox tales in my debut short story anthology. Does that sound good? x

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      3. Looking forward to it! 🙂 As I’m considering doing an Amazon e-book and potentially a print version, would you like to be included in the acknowledgements page as a special inspiration?

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      4. Tom, there aren’t enough words in existence to adequately respond to that question.

        I’m sitting here smiling like the Cheshire Cat.

        It would be my deep, unspeakable honor to have any sort of mention in your published work. And as some kind of inspiration, no less? Catch me sir, I just might faint. *fans herself!*

        British boysenberry. You are such a treasure, Tom. As a friend, a writer, a source of light and support.

        So would I like it…? No.

        I would love it. ♥️🙏🏼🦊🥰📝

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      5. That’s wonderful! 😀 So glad you’re okay with it. ❤ Thought it would be a good way to credit treasured friends who've helped me out of some rough patches with all their support, guidance and love (especially you, my Cherokee Rose! 🌹)

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  2. Never, ever mess with a swift vixen, dear huntsman, because I join her in a resounding echo in saying that you will always, always come off second best. Just one of those delicate and beautiful paws on your chest and you are at her mercy.

    April, aside from the magnificence of the message of the poem, I’m not sure if I’ve emphasised enough just how I love your word choice, the near rhymes, the use of words with similar sounds or that just sound good together. The words that have probably waited their whole lives for the opportunity to find their perfect yet unique match. Their twin flame. You’re like a Cupid for those words 💘🔥🔥

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    1. You are exceptional at causing my cheeks to blush! Dearest, darlingest, Rachel. I am quite certain that I am not worthy of the immense praise you so sweetly lavish upon me, but my goodness it swells the heart. Thank you, exponentially. I cherish your responses to my work. I have the highest regard for you as a poet and it’s intoxicating to me when I read your reactions.

      And oh!!! That’s one of the things I so admire about your work, too. The word choices, the lovely assonance (complimentary sounds). Perhaps this is one of the many reasons we enjoy reading one another so much? That reflection. Your words give the reader of sense of intricacy, interwoven sounds like lace.

      I write with absolutely no consideration to meter, rhyme or traditional poetic structure. It’s all organic and I tend to do very little editing, otherwise it loses its authenticity.

      When I attempt to heed to a specific rhyming scheme or literary device – I feel utterly suffocated. The various “rules “and counting of syllables – render me impotent. As with so many areas of my life, obedience is wildly antithetical. So I let the sounds and the scene in my mind guide the shape of the poem. The words themselves aren’t as important as their meanings and the symbiotic timbre. What about you? Do you have a “process”, little Tui?

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      1. Ahhh the lovely assonance… I love to hear about your process. Mine is similar, it’s usually better if I don’t edit but often I don’t trust it enough to allow that! I am also terrible if I try to follow ‘rules’ but I do generally have in my mind I want it to sound lyrical or flow nicely.

        Also, you deserve every word of praise you get. More from me soon my gorgeous friend, Cupid of words ❤️❤️

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