The Fox’s Tale – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
This week’s “aw how cute” little pic by Al took me back a decade, to the first children’s book I wrote. I apologise in advance for the drivel it generated.
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© Al Forbes

Please click here to hear this piece read aloud in the most unimaginably appalling French accent:

The Fox’s Tale

Let me tell you who I am, they call me Phil the Fox
I am sad to tell you that I live in an old wet cardboard box
I live here in the city, I have to eat stale bread and buns
I would prefer life in the country but the farmers all have guns

My father wasn’t born here, he had to run away from France
He very stupidly stole a chicken from a man on a horse with a lance
It isn’t easy for a fox always living rough
It isn’t easy finding food, we never have enough

I would rather eat the gourmet meals, maybe frogs legs or gateau
I would like also to live well in a castle or chateau
Most people don’t like foxes, they prefer dogs or cats
But let me tell you, mes amis, we are much tidier than rats

I am a little naughty because I like to be amused
I like to play the little tricks and make the people quite confused
That’s why I write this poem because you see, my dears
It is Sunday morning once again and I have no original ideas

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29 Responses to The Fox’s Tale – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. That was great. I love it. Gave me smiles


  2. Wonderful poem. Very good for drivel. 😉


  3. rgayer55 says:

    In a former life, he was a pet at one of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansions, but he wouldn’t stop chasing the bunnies.


    • ceayr says:

      I am surprised at a gentleman of your dubious, even seedy background thinking that one might find a Pet chez Mr Hefner!
      But good to see you here, Russell.


  4. It is original and brilliant and therein rests the case. Great work, CR.


  5. JS Brand says:

    I read this yesterday but held back from commenting as I wanted to try to be witty (maybe something about “foxxerel”, i.e. doggerel about foxes, or about Julia Donaldson being worried about a pretender to her throne), but I was obviously going nowhere with that. Then I thought I would try to respond in rhyme. More than 24 hours on I’ve given up. Writing poetry is hard and I now recognise your piece is not just funny, but pretty darn clever! I salute you.


  6. Joy Pixley says:

    Funny last line — but it seems like you had a good idea, after all!


  7. michael1148humphris says:

    Sometimes an old story will just insist on being retold, and is often better for it.


  8. I giggled all the way through your poem! I loved it!


  9. Varad says:

    Lovely verse, CE. You should link this one up with poetry soundboards like dVerse.


  10. Susan says:

    Don’t sell yourself short. That is quite original.


  11. James says:

    I’m reminded that coyotes live in the city of San Francisco, so this isn’t too far off.


  12. Iain Kelly says:

    With the right illustrator to collaborate with that could be a success. Certainly more entertaining than we of the books I have to read my kids.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. For somebody with no original ideas, this poem is quite a feat! Well done, really enjoyed that!

    Liked by 1 person

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