Ruth Padel

The fox you didn’t know you had
in your front garden
is craning his velour neck

from the hedge at two in the morning
to see what he doesn’t often
get a glimpse of,

that moonspark
on a glass of Scotch

he doesn’t often smell
being more at home with fish-heads
and the rinds of Emmental:

trainspotting to his fox-astonishment
a tumbler doing the rounds of his own beat
about heart-height in the dark.