I have never won a staring contest
with a fox.
A wary deer or rabbit will stand
judging the best moment to run,
then blink and dash,
but the fox napping on the deck
is curious, bold,
its gaze holding me hostage
until time seems to stop.
I raise my camera slowly,
but before I can capture it,
the fox saunters away
Fortunately, my husband had the presence of mind to zoom in and take the shot.