How other is the red fox like the transit of a planet
she steps across December grass before blizzard,
coming close to our glass storm door. Her pert face looks but does not see us,
house, nor season. She turns and dainty steps on garden border stones.
She squats and marks, then moves on toward the tricklebank,
where she drinks and digs and finds something she devours.
She continues along, not across, the rill down to the street
where she paces up its steep, her royal progress oblivious
to infrequent traffic. She is more at home upon these frozen hills
than are we inside our heated houses,
indifferent to us behind the glass storm door.
L.S. Bassen is the SAID half of the SCENE & SAID collaboration. She was a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award and is a fiction editor for Prick of The Spindle. Her plays and poetry have won some prizes and she writes reviews for several journals and zines like The Brooklyner, The Rumpus, Cider Press Review, and Small Beer Press. You can hear her read two poems at 2river.org.
Mike Stanko creates the SCENE(s) of SCENE & SAID. He is a lifelong Long Islander (NY), with over 20 years of painting and exhibiting. He has showcased his work throughout the tri-state area, including shows at the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton and the Empire State Building in New York. He has had numerous tv-interviews and donated his artwork to many causes over the years, such as Breast Cancer walks, Art for ALS, and The Waterkeeper Alliance. Find him at stankoart.com