My head was warm, my skin was soaked;
I called your name 'til the fever broke.
When I awoke the moon still hung,
The night so black that the darkness hummed.
I raised myself; my legs were weak.
I prayed my mind be good to me.
An awful noise filled the air--
I heard a scream in the woods somewhere.
A woman's voice! I quickly ran
Into the trees with empty hands.
A fox it was, he shook afraid--
I spoke no words, no sound he made.
His bone exposed, his hind was lame;
I raised a stone to end his pain.
What caused the wound? How large the teeth?
I sure knew eyes were watching me.
The creature lunged. I turned and ran
To save a life I didn't have.
Dear, in the chase there as I flew,
Forgot all prayers of joining you.
I clutched my life and wished it kept.
My dearest love, I'm not done yet.
How many years I know I'll bear--
I found something in the woods somewhere.