Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Joan Osbaldeston


Last night I heard the foxes call my name.

Twisting in my sheets,

I heard it clearly as if it were you out there,

calling up to me from the garden.

I jumped out of bed, hurried to the window.

The night sky, though punctured with stars, obscured everything.

That tree where we saw the pair of jays

was just a blur

and the roses were charcoal drawings

not the riotous shrubs that filled the room with scent all Summer.

Two dark shadows slipped under the fence, out of sight.

You weren’t there of course,

but the thought of your voice

stayed with me all night.

This poem by Joan Osbaldeston was the inspiration for this drawing of nocturnal fox activity.
Those of us who have been kept awake by the eerie wailings of our vulpine neighbours will identify. Our response would be less literary and might include a bucket of cold water and some sweary shouting.

(Not really - we love you foxes and will do some fancy drawings instead)


  1. not sure I can share your love of foxes ... but love your designs! I had to put some on my blog greyorgreen to remind me to come and visit. Hope you don't mind.
    All the best

  2. I don't particularly love foxes more than any other animals, but they are interesting and we have lots of them in London! Thanks for blogging us x