Water Fox

All in all ever illusive always evasive naturally pervasive remarkably persuasive and definitely destructive.

Water Fox is a poem written by Pasithea Chan and shared with The Ugly Writers under the theme The Games We Play for the month of April.


Water Fox

Have you seen a water fox?
They say it walks on two
laughing back at you.
It has murky eyes
with iris colored lies
for intentions.
Deep schemes
but shallow values for lips
contoured with tricks;
and a loud bark
with silent remarks.
It feeds on confusion
hunting with illusion
with a nose hot with greed
and paws that strike cold
those who bleed.
Liquid defines its state and build
letting it fit any vessel or guild.
Trickery is its art
creating wars on tact
always pulling an act.
Fluid in motion
prevents commotion;
Fluid in texture
makes it hard to grasp.
All in all ever illusive
always evasive
naturally pervasive
remarkably persuasive
and definitely destructive.
You can try to kill it
but you can’t kill
what doesn’t have a soul.
See a water fox is a pretender
mixing glamor like a bartender
in glasses of synthetic ardor
posing as an ally or lover.
Only when you learn to accept
a water fox for what
it is, that is you can’t
get rid of it or do without
it, will you stop
chasing illusions
or being a target.

Author’s Notes:
Inspired by: “The depths don’t scare me darling. I would rather drown in the raging deep than suffer shallow waters.” N.Taylor
Elusive and tricky people have been known to be as tricky as foxes but as fluid and flexible, yet as silent and as deep, and as flowing and as unstoppable as water. These concepts are what shaped the water fox metaphor in this poem.


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Pasithea Chan

Pasithea is a budding Lebanese Filipino impressionist who enjoys writing poetry in symbolism laced with philosophy and psychology.

Given her legal background having worked as legal and risk management consultant in MENA and the far east; she also writes legal and academic articles.

Her creative writing has been read on several podcasts and radios and was featured in several magazines and anthologies including: Envision Arts, Rigorous, Fevers of the Mind, Osprey's Empire, Voices of the Real and Suicide.

Having written 2500+ poems and more than 12 short stories; Pasithea writes in various styles but prefers pieces that have double meanings to allow a reader to delve deeper into her works.

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