Coyote Moon

Coyote Moon

A Poem by barleygirl
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pre-dawn yips on the high ridge . . .

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Grandmother Moon whispers her goodbye
to kindle the last crag cloaked in buckeye
furnace-stoked zephyr buffets early this July
with sandblasted sunsets scorched and dry.

Slumber has lost its wherewithal
windows welcome a far-off yowling call
the lonely liquid wails spark my enthrall
craning my ear for the coyote caterwaul.

Discordant yips smack of a tortured cry
shrieking the stars to scurry ‘round the sky
reminding me of how it felt to want to die
with snarled emotions a sizzling stir-fry.

Suddenly the howls melt away in the dark
leaving only a chasm hollowed out and stark
wondering which way daybreak will embark
along this path shaped like a question mark.




© 2017 barleygirl



Author's Note

barleygirl
Recent days: 43*C (110*F) with triple-digit heat lasting ten hours a day! Worst part: wind like a furnace blast instead of our cooling afternoon ocean breezes! (No air conditioning in my cabin).

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dear Margie... you were kind enough to read my nature poem entitled "How to fly" pertaining to Flickers mating habits (with my own brand of humor). I really enjoyed reading your poem "Coyote Moon"... so
much insight. My son Robert's life mate Leilani is Navajo Indian and knows all their customs and way of life. They live off the reservation and have two girls, Shannah almost four yrs old and Kahless "Kazz" almost three yrs old. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and go hiking and fishing a lot. When Shannah was born, I had a thirty day round trip ticket to visit and hold Shannah, my son's first born. We
Live in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I appreciate the Great Sourit in Native lore. I definitely believe all babies are born with a beautiful spirit and we can kindle that Spirit as we grow, or let it be dormant. Now that I have learned more about you Barleygirl, I can truly give you a grand thank you for reading my poem. Hugs, Pat

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

This is a very precious share & I thank you for showing me your connection to the Native traditions... read more
Patricia Wedel

1 Year Ago

You are a blessing from the Great Spirit... may the seasons continue to surprise us. truly, Pat



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I'm enjoying your poetry more and more Coyote Moon was a special read for me Because I like the First Stanza about

"Grandmother Moon says her goodbyes
to kindle the last crag clocked in Buckeyes

Made me smile what great lines.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Months Ago

For you to give my writing so much attention, these past few days . . . it's the first Christmas gif.. read more
i loved your word choice, words that could sometimes read as pretentious or overkill blended in perfectly and ultimately made the piece what it is. Well done.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

11 Months Ago

I've been told that some do not comment on my stuff becuz they don't quite understand my use of voca.. read more
Amazing description used dear friend. You took me the night and her sounds. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Coming from a person like you, I take it as a grand compliment! (((HUGS)))
Coyote Poetry

11 Months Ago

I love your work and you are welcome dear friend.
barleygirl

11 Months Ago

OK, now I have a glow that'll last all week! *smile*
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Okay Margie. I had to google caterwaul, and buckeye.
Great words which will i'll be borrowing somewhere down the line. So it's a bit hot is it. Oven temperatures to be exact. Sending rain over immediately to cool you down. You stay indoors now.
Great poem, i could feel it.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

We've been enjoying a nice cool 37*C the last couple days! Amazing how cool 37* feels after two week.. read more
dear Margie... you were kind enough to read my nature poem entitled "How to fly" pertaining to Flickers mating habits (with my own brand of humor). I really enjoyed reading your poem "Coyote Moon"... so
much insight. My son Robert's life mate Leilani is Navajo Indian and knows all their customs and way of life. They live off the reservation and have two girls, Shannah almost four yrs old and Kahless "Kazz" almost three yrs old. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and go hiking and fishing a lot. When Shannah was born, I had a thirty day round trip ticket to visit and hold Shannah, my son's first born. We
Live in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I appreciate the Great Sourit in Native lore. I definitely believe all babies are born with a beautiful spirit and we can kindle that Spirit as we grow, or let it be dormant. Now that I have learned more about you Barleygirl, I can truly give you a grand thank you for reading my poem. Hugs, Pat

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

This is a very precious share & I thank you for showing me your connection to the Native traditions... read more
Patricia Wedel

1 Year Ago

You are a blessing from the Great Spirit... may the seasons continue to surprise us. truly, Pat
Suddenly the howls melt away in the dark
leaving only a chasm hollowed out and stark
wondering which way daybreak will embark
along this path shaped like a question mark.

A superb last verse to end a great poem.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

I'm smiling from ear to ear! Thanks! (((HUGS)))
A skillfully crafted poem celebrating a special time in nature. There are no coyotes here in England so its been good to meet one through your excellent writing

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

I've lived in these coyote hills much of my life, so I'm tuned in to the distant yipping, usually mi.. read more
George Coombs

1 Year Ago

Your welcome
Great work, friend.You have put the superb rhyming words, in the poem. I enjoyed reading this poem.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much for the encouragement! I'm a bit of a rhyming addict, so this is what I enjoy doin.. read more
Priyanshi

1 Year Ago

My pleasure..i love to read the kind of poems, you write.
I really need to study Native American history to gain the full benefit of this poem. The references are gradually becoming more understandable as the reviews are giving some explanation. But I can relate to the heat and drought, as we are having a similar situation, but only at 30 degrees, which, for us,
is almost unheard of. No coyotes either, only seagulls and hi- fi through open windows. (((Sweaty Hugs)))

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Yes, so much is lost in the digital interpretation of things! I've been noticing that current musica.. read more
Norman223

1 Year Ago

I suppose it' s because a plastic MP4 doesn't look as impressive as a golden disc on the wall🎶.. read more
barleygirl

1 Year Ago

You are always so quick to hone in on the core issue! Another golden disc for your witty viewpoint!
The Native American rain dance was the most common among the Native American tribes in the southwest of America, since during the summers there they would have long droughts. From the sound of your elegantly poetically penned piece - you could do with one in your area! :-)

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Sometimes I like to use Native descriptions when writing about nature, which I love. Few people reco.. read more
Phill Oz O'fee

1 Year Ago

kinana'skomitin (Cree) - "I thank you."
barleygirl

1 Year Ago

The ultimate share! (((HUGS)))

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