Monday, 11 of December of 2017

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Sunshine – Coyotes

We are the coyotes. We watch
We live free, in spite of you men.
We leave footprints in the snow
on your doorstep.
We sing joy and sorrow through
the evening air.
We are accused of many crimes–
some of which we did not commit.
You hunt us–shoot, trap, poison
run us to exhaustion on loud

instead of using your own wits
and strength.
But still, in the hills, in the deserts, in
the cities
we survive, multiply, spread.
And when you men have fouled the
Earth beyond your
ability to survive
Or destroy each other in an
argument no one      won,
We will be there
To scavenge
To cleanse the now unburdened Earth
To bring back the harmony
Until another race of creatures
believes itself smart enough to
manipulate the parts without
knowing the whole.
We are the coyotes. We watch.

August 1995 Earth First!

David Chorlton – Interstate

Chorlton’s poems have been in more than 250 literary magazines. He explains to Poet Encyclopedia what writing about the Southwest landscape and its wildlife means to him:

“These themes have made their way into much of my writing after I overcame what I now recognise as an early bias against “nature poetry,” no doubt the residue of misunderstanding school studies of Wordsworth and John Clare.

As I gained more experience of our desert and climate, I found the tension that I had formerly missed in writing about land and the non-human world.”

The desert floor has swallowed
every noise, and a coyote
moves on sparkling steps
across his country, unaware

that it is growing smaller. No boundaries
block his way, but the lights
from the long road are too many.
In coyote time, they move
at speeds beyond the heart

along their blinding strip.
The distance sags
between desert cities, and the journey

is temporary, ending
where the land is a commodity
and once it has been sold
there is nothing to do
but to sell it again.


David Chorlton
December 1989 Earth First!

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