Poetry

Awakening Coyote

Inspiration from Susan Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy

Cyano-coyote | Cyanotype collage print by author

The desert exhales.
Coyote, awakening,
sings the darkness bright.

Coyote laps up moonlight
sees his reflection as a shadow
in the wide dusty draw
knows his home of a thousand
hiding places
knows where to find the
good water along the riverbank

He lopes with confidence
he is the shadow
that wags through the brush
rearranging the stars
and leading the way
with keen eyes that see
beyond the present storm

I love camping in the desert in the American Southwest. I love being awoken by a chorus of coyotes. And I love Susan Wooldridge’s book Poemcrazy; it’s been an awakening of its own for me. She has a section in there on “awakening coyote,” one of my very favorite prompt exercises of all time. Maybe it was the extra coffee that day, maybe it was the fact that I was recently back from a camping trip with plenty of notes, but I wrote a whole slew of poems on the idea of rousing my trickster self. I’ve been obsessed with coyotes ever since I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer, anyway.

Thank you for reading! Next time you’re in need of inspiration, check out Susan’s book.

Mother, daughter, photographer, writer (sort of). www.texasgirlphotography.com www.instagram.com/amyjasek

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