The Fox–Wife's Invitation
by Jeannine Hall Gailey
These ears aren't to be trusted.
The keening in the night, didn't you hear?
Once I believed all the stories didnít have endings,
but I realized the endings were invented, like zero,
had yet to be imagined.
The months come around again,
and we are in the same place;
full moons, cherries in bloom,
the same deer, the same frogs,
the same helpless scratching at the dirt.
You leave poems I canít read
behind on the sheets,
I try to teach you songs made of twigs and frost.
You may be imprisoned in an underwater palace;
I'll come riding to the rescue in disguise.
Leave the magic tricks to me and to the teakettle.
I've inhaled the spells of willow trees,
spat them out as blankets of white crane feathers.
Sleep easy, from behind the closet door
I'll invent our fortunes, spin them from my own skin.