Snow Fox

In the Arctic summer
the cloud-grey fox
listens for prey
in the low shrubs and rocks

grizzled and still
as the permafrost ground
his senses vivid
with scent and sound

when lemmings are hidden
under the snow
the wild geese are flown
and biting winds blow

a horizon-less white
shrouds the Arctic fox
in clouds of snow fur
from tail-tip to socks

he haunts frozen sea
as thin as the air
hoping for scraps
missed by polar bear

or curls in his tail
from the star-cold white
chewing on hunger
through long Arctic night

and waits for spring sun
and pale Arctic day
to melt tundra snow
and his white coat away

Liz Brownlee lives in the south west of England and visits
schools accompanied by her assistance dog Lola. Liz is a poet,
children’s poet and film-maker. Her books include Animal
Magic and Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary
Women and Girls (written with Jan Dean and Michaela
Morgan). The Same Inside (written with Matt Goodfellow
and Roger Stevens), and Apes to Zebras, an A-Z of Shape Poems
(written with Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens).