coyote in the city 2

niiwin (iv).

 

late one night

while sitting on cracked concrete steps

and exhaling

crisp clouds

i hear clicking nails

tapping along cluttered streets

 

one

lone coyote in the city

runs

 

hides

behind car wheels

he peeks before darting to the next car

not sure what he is looking for

but sure when he sees me

from the corner of his eye

and smiles

 

naanin (v).

 

park rangers take up arms

tranquilizer guns at the ready

eager to bring coyote down

anxious to throw him in a cage and set him

loose

beyond the urban sprawl

where he can roam

free

 

the problem is

they can’t find coyote

and they don’t know

how clever coyote really is

because coyote

has always been

free

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