wind and spruce, that’s one we have all attended, charmed by the little birds cursing as their new nests bend askew. but there’s this youtube video cat and tame coyotl* now laughing on the living room floor that’s a party of gestures. she the coyote, wriggling on her back makes of her mouth a toothéd maw and she, the calico cat, springs the trap. over the ottoman, back through the legs now a tail gets disembowelled; a long snout and elegant leg sweep and fling in turn in joyous turn, these illiterate pals have clearly never read the memo all farm cats and rough coyotes know by heart, and claw and belly. no here is a helter skelter haven killer moves exchanged as party. i am reminded of the moose who lived as a saddlehorse up north, before my time. his story is either about the gangling love between a man so foolish-free as to tame a foolish moose; or it falls into the canon of the evil humans do when jealousy rules. who ever heard of a saddle moose. we’ll show him and they did, guns like gangster guns. then again, yesterday in the garden the slow tick of season into spring leaves of spirea, rhubarb crowns hazy afternoon dancing with rake, split silence rocks and shatters all down the alley, where some angry youth slams a door, peels out, careens away, spitting gravel. punks, i mutter but then remember, my own brother drove like that a time or two. i wish this kid a better road, but the party of gestures unfolds, and a cop car docks, soon enough, like a hunting coyotl, grim. still, who’s to say? maybe those little birds laugh at wind-tumbled twigs surf the wind in their anchored nests.
So, we’re into our second week of 30/30. I’ve chosen this year to title each poem with the daily prompt, which definitely gives a randomness against which to work.
Coyotl is the Nahuatl word from which we get the Anglicized ‘coyote,’ which is variously pronounced, where I live, ca-yo-tee, ca-yote, or even the twanging ca-yoot. In this poem, read ‘ca-yo-tee’ whereas ‘coyotl’ is shorter and sharper and stops hard (with apologies to Nahuatl speakers for my accent in doing so).