181: Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight
Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight
by Jane Hirshfield
her nose to the ground,
a rusty shadow
neither hunting nor playing.
One stood; sat; lay down; stood again.
One never moved,
except to turn her head a little as we walked.
Finally we drew too close,
and they vanished.
The woods took them back as if they had never been.
I wish I had thought to put my face to the grass.
But we kept walking,
speaking as strangers do when becoming friends.
There is more and more I tell no one,
strangers nor loves.
This slips into the heart
without hurry, as if it had never been.
And yet, among the trees, something has changed.
Something looks back from the trees,
and knows me for who I am.
“Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight" by Jane Hirshfield from THE LIVES OF THE HEART by Jane Hirshfield, copyright © 1997 HarperCollins. Used by permission of the poet.