The battle for winter

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The drums beat louder, flames leap high
As Foxes roam the night

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Burning brands dance in the dark
and in the blood burn bright

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The watchers, clustered round the lawn
By firelight are revealed

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The Silver Fox will cast the spell
To see the winter healed

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Dogs, white as winter’s bones, contend
With Foxes red as flame

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With every step and beating drum
To win the moonlit game.

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The Dogs dance for the long, cold dark…
The Fox for spring’s return…

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The battle dances to and fro
And still the fires burn…

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But when the Young Fox, proud and tall
Emerges on the field,

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The old Dog, to his majesty
Must bow the head and yield.

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And then the Foxes rule the night
And on the dancing floor

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They celebrate the victory
And spring will come once more.

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The Foxes do not know defeat
They serve only the light

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And when cold winter’s fate in sealed
They melt into the night.

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Where do they come from? They come out of the night…
Where do they go to? Back to the night they return…

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They dance in the dark to pipe and drum and fiddle
They dance in the dark with fire and brandished flame…
No-one knows who they are

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Stuart and I would like to thank Charles James Fox and the Foxes for a fantastic year and the unforgettable privilege we were accorded in April.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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15 Responses to The battle for winter

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Excellent post full of excitement and fabulous photos!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bernadette says:

    I guess the old year always does feel like a tired, old dog and usually we are the foxes celebrating its end.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jennie says:

    Thrilling post!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. dgkaye says:

    Beautiful post and photos. Happy New Year to all! 🙂 xo

    Liked by 1 person

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