Fox King by Bogdan Dragos

A woman depicted as frozen and dead with red blood on her eyelids and lips
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the fox didn’t like to

be petted,

didn’t agree to her


it thrust its head back

and bared its


and constantly licked at them

as if sharpening daggers

in preparation for a


“Oh, you’re difficult to love,”

she told the

fox. “But that’s why

I desire you more, King.

With your

crimson eyes

you look

upon me, a lowly human,

and bellow that you

want not

my love

but my respect. Yet I ask of you,

what respect is there

without love?

I wish to fall asleep with

your paw in

my mouth, with your tail

between my legs

and those precious fangs

dung deep into my breast.

I desire you, King, like

any maiden desires

the lover who will make

her a woman.

Oh, give me your love

and I will give you


The fox tucked its tail

between the hind

legs and

stooped its head low

like any

scolded dog

Its tongue wiped constantly

at its snout


strengthened the chill

of the snowy field

and weakened the

efforts of the

rescue team

Perhaps this time

they won’t

find her

Perhaps it was her last

and final escape

She wore only a gray


and her gums and nostrils

and fingertips

started bleeding

from the stabbing cold

but she

was happy,

for her dear King was now


whether to love

her back or not

Opening her bathrobe

and revealing her



she crawled on her knees


and embraced the fox


the starry sky

watching them from


held no account of humans who

died of happiness


knew that she was

one of them


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s poetry portrays characters that are open to interpretation. A girl wishing to be freed from her life, why, that’s the reader’s discretion. The fox king, a powerful force, draws the girl closer ensuring love and security. Are our deepest desires revealed to us in some form right before our deaths? I’d like to believe that this girl had her peaceful vision and passed on with little regret.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you, Terveen!

      I love characters, scenarios, stories that are open to interpretation 🙂 Horror that seems to be taking place in the real world, but in fact it’s all in the mind of the character…
      ₍₍ ᕕ(´◓⌓◔)ᕗ⁾⁾

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  2. Jane Aguiar says:

    Yes, I liked the new Hindi 3D movie “Bhedia”. This story felt like that.( but how will you watch and understand Hindi movies) Cool! 😃

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    1. Thanks!

      That movie souns interesting ( ˆ⌣ ˆԅ)

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      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        It is a horror but also a love story. In short – they become wolves when they want to and take care of the forest and other wild animals. (It’s about environmental awareness)

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  3. Shashi says:

    Wow !!!

    Dark yet lucid and full of multiple interpretations.
    Best of all is the imagery, it feels like the scene is happening in front of my eyes.


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    1. OMG!
      Thank you so much! ฅ(≈≧ܫ≦≈)

      Liked by 1 person

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Nicely done, Dragos. It feels hopeful somehow, even though I think it ends in death but inner life for a werewolf. I was so fascinated by both werewolves and vampires when I was younger. I am not into the zombie thing. However, just the same thing over and over again. It seems like she just might get her dream tonight. Sending you big hugs and congratulations on your latest publication, my friend. Hope you are having a great week too.

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    1. ( ´・ω・)っ Thank you, Joni!

      Yes, it seems these days the vampire + werewolf + zombie genre is a bit outdated, like it’s been written into extinction. Personally, I never write about such beings :)) I prefer my monsters to be inside the minds of characters and influence their actions from there. This approach feels like it’ll never grow old.

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        I agree, some things don’t have to be so obvious and they have a lot more of a spin that way as well. Great Piece. Love my cool emojis. Have a wonderful week my friend, this once seems to be going quickly. Big hugs, Joni xoxoxo

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  5. jai says:

    Everyone should have the privilege of choosing their own form of death. I can’t think of a better way to die…of course, I’m crazy like the woman here. 🤪
    Great, darkly imaginative work, Bogdan. 🖤

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    1. ╮ (. ❛ ᴗ ❛.) ╭
      Thank you, Jai!

      Ok, now I have to think about what form of death I’d choose for myself….

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      1. jai says:

        I’m sure it’ll be bloody and dramatic. 😉

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  6. I just loved it. The whole thing is wonderful, how you set it up, tell it and this wonderful, a bit ambiguous, ending. It reminds me of a line by Tom Waits from his song :Dead and Lovely “What’s more romantic than dying in the moonlight?” In this case maybe adding the word “freezing” Congratulations Bogdan for another unique and entertaining story here in Masticadores India.

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    1. Aw, THANK YOU very much! ♥( ˆ⌣ ˆԅ)

      Liked by 1 person

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