The battle for winter


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


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


The watchers, clustered round the lawn
By firelight are revealed


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


They celebrate the victory
And spring will come once more.


The Foxes do not know defeat
They serve only the light


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


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

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 and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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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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