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The Fox
Rachael Gallman

You came to my window of a sleepless night;
your eyes were ablaze with fear.
You approached timidly, each footfall a question:
What could await me here?
Don't retreat from me.
And the night and the rain and the fog descended,
and my windowpane was all that divided you from me.
A sudden chill shot through my spine
as I caught your eye and you caught mine.
And just as if a spell had broke,
you turned your gaze upon a crow.
The wind began to howl and moan;

Don't retreat from me.

And the night and the rain and the fog descended,
and my windowpane was all that divided you from me.


© by Rachael Gallman.
Used with the author's permission.


Rachael Gallman is a writer and musician who divides her time between performing with her husband, Jaron Ferrer, as acoustic duo Twin Courage, and working with children. Currently a preschool music teacher and a nanny in her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, Rachael's other passions include cooking, sewing, and coffee.


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You asked: Are songs poems? This song "Fox" certainly answers that question. I was honored last summer when a local composer selected one of my poems to set to music. Hearing the anthem sung by a 50-voice chorus, brought out levels of meaning which even I didn't know were there.
Posted 11/22/2015 08:24 PM
Mary Lou Taylor:
Wish I had been there.
Posted 11/22/2015 06:51 PM
loved it!
Posted 11/22/2015 04:06 PM
Beautiful song - haunting.
Posted 11/22/2015 12:28 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the idea that "my windowpane was all that divided you from me."
Posted 11/22/2015 11:26 AM
I love things like this. This one particularly reminded me of a baby possum who ran toward me and ended up on the toe of my shoe, playing dead, and then opening one eye to see if was still there. Of course, I was!
Posted 11/22/2015 08:08 AM
lovely images in this!
Posted 11/22/2015 07:04 AM
Linda Anger:
Of all the songs Rachel and Jaron performed on the veranda that night, this was my favorite, and what prompted me to by their CD. Thanks for posting this, Jayne!
Posted 11/22/2015 05:55 AM

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