by Ab Davis
It’s a hard sad task
a coyote still
the same coyote
gone down to her bones and her white, white teeth
in reverence I bow over her weekly.
In greed I ask what part of her could I take home–
what rabbits foot, or talisman feather
to rob her speed?
I’m gunning for her trickery.
The carcass is sunk down to the bones, flint and ash
and the jays are thick pulling the last of the sky blue.
If you say scudding, I’ll show you a black bleak sky cracked open
gleaming, bleaching the wheat fields where she ran fast as hell
the sinew and hide of her stretched beyond the race of a small muscle
or dear and delicate tendons.
I could quiver over her beautiful feet.
It takes three weeks to destroy a coyote.
She must have been blindsided
blinking past the sun
a glint of chrome.
But the last is the last,
and praying by the roadside
what words or open sky could I have begged for?
I lean my head back singing,
“How do the wheat fields ripple now O mentor?”