And So Sang Coyote

by DBLevin

call me coyote
I’ve crawled the desert’s many hives
I’ve felt the sting of snowy sand
I’ve seen what it means to die

call me coyote
I’ve been burned a thousand times
so my hide remains as red
as the setting summer sun

call me coyote
yes, my breaths come in canticles
as it crawls up towards the sky
each exhalation shakes the dunes
like a thousand grains gone by

call me coyote
my thoughts stain like icicles
falling silently back to earth
and still I dream of a moon
close enough to lean on
far enough to pray to
and made of milky marigolds
which fall from my mirrored eyes