To choose this as a classic Christmas card –
this composite landscape of Flanders,
Italy, the Alps, this Yuletide Europe – is
unintentional satire. The hunters
have caught just one fox. Even the hounds are hangdog.
Hunched the men trudge on past the tavern.
The sign is inscribed ‘Under the Stag’,
has an image of St Eustace, patron
of hunters, but hangs askew by one hook.
Beneath it a man, a woman and a child
are singeing a dead pig.