Sometimes, in the night, when the foxes are calling…

Masks: Revelation

I want to run through downtown Swindon cloaked
in the cured hide of a wolf or large coyote, peering
out through the ragged eye sockets,

otherwise naked, breasts,
belly, vulva bare to the elements, running hard
on calloused fingers and feet, bleeding,
dark against dark tarmac, wearing the dirt into my flesh,
embedded with knuckles of glass.

I want to run in the night in a cloud of high-yipping foxes,
teeth tearing the legs of the men fleeing bars,
arcing my legs against the silks of the women,
spreading my mark and my rank scent.

I want to hold the hard shaft
of my great-grandfather’s bone-handled knife
And know again the tang
of sharp, brown blade against hot flesh.

Such urges I have; I can barely suppress them.
Staring up at the ceiling, sexually satisfied,
made more carnal, more hungry by the edge of satisfaction,
my husband naked, breathing beside me in bed.

Outside my open window, the screaming of foxes.

I take hold of his hand.


About Bethany W Pope

Bethany W Pope is an award winning author of the LBA, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards. Her work was listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel Competition. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program. Her first poetry collection, A Radiance was published by Cultured Llama Press in June. Her second collection, Persephone in the Underworld has been accepted by Rufus Books and shall be released in 2016. Her work has appeared in: Anon, Art Times, Ampersand, Blue Tattoo, Sentinel Quarterly, The Delinquent, De/Tached (an anthology released by Parthian), The Writer’s Hub, New Welsh Review, Every Day Poems, And Other Poems, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Magma, Words & Music, The Quarterly Conversation, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Planet. Her work is due to appear in the next issues of Poetry Review Salzburg, Acumen, Pacific Poetry , Music& Literature, Anon, and The Screech Owl.

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