On the surface of things

On the surface of things

That fox is back
           this afternoon
lounging on the shed roof
           nothing better to do
throughout the day
           I never saw a creature
so laid back
           It pays no attention
to the ginger cat crossing
           the lawn before mounting
the low garden wall
           and tipping its body
over the side
           and out of sight

There are birds in the bushes
           too that are singing
for each other :
           the fox pays them no heed
The morning rain has passed
           and the sun is out finally
It could have been a better day
           but it could have been worse
and the fox couldn’t care less
           it lives its life on the surface
of things and at this stage
           of the game it’s seen it all

John Lyons


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