Chalk fox, staring intently at me,
With eyes so piercing blue,
I took your picture for a friend.
You know who.
Chalk fox, drawn on the parking lot,
With knowledge in your eyes,
You would not survive the next rain.
Truth has more power than lies.
Chalk fox, surrounded on both sides,
But your eyes were only fixed on me,
I could not save you on that day.
However, now the whole world can see.
I truly did take this picture for a friend when I saw the fox perusing the wonderful art at the Santa Barbara Chalk Drawing festival a couple years ago. I sent it to her with a smile and then promptly forgot all about it. While looking for photos to use for NanoPoblano I found it and immediately uploaded it to WP. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it until I actually sat down and began to write. I was suddenly intrigued by the idea that perhaps the artist was trying to make a statement that the lives we are leading as humans are infringing on the lives of the creatures we share the world with. This fox was hemmed in on both sides by other drawings, it had no place to go. Eventually, when the event was over, people and cars would occupy the same space until there was no trace it had ever been there at all… Perhaps the artist was just drawing a beautiful picture of a fox. Then again, perhaps not.