In the summer you might end up going for a lager
at a pretty beer garden named for the slaughter
of the endangered red fox by marauding dogs
followed by boomy packs of rich folk on horseback
who own the dogs, the horses, the land where the fox
lived its short life. You might be interested to know
that in the UK it is no longer legal to let the dogs
tear the fox to shreds. It must be killed humanely
whereby the hunters dismount, walk towards the fox
in their high brown boots and shoot it in the head.
Meanwhile hunt saboteurs lay citronella to put the dogs
off the scent, and wires to trip the horses (poor horses).
You may end up wanting to tripwire the property
market because you hate the property market.
You end up at an auction where young people bid
astronomical amounts for dumps in outer suburbs
which they could make into a home with a bit of work.
But the investor in the corner walks over in their boots
and bids and bids until they own all the houses. They
can’t live in all the houses, they don’t need all the houses
but they want them, and they can have them because
the policy-makers say that they can. They say, one day
we’ll build more houses, we’ll limit investing, and also
young people like flatting, they like houses the size of
a cupboard. Not us, but then, we’ve always had a house
we’ve always had a house with two bathrooms, a garden
and a garage in a nice street. Oh, and we have another
house, in the country, and the fox is already dead.
Anne Kennedy is a poet, fiction writer and screenplay editor. Her most recent books are Moth Hour (AUP) and The Ice Shelf (VUP). Awards include the NZ Post Book Award for Poetry and the Montana Book Award for Poetry.