The coyotes came over the southern
ridge this morning
Howling their presence into the cold, dry air

We are here
On the perimeter of your
Domesticated life

Such boldness in broad daylight
A curse or a blessing
A call or a warning

Some blessings come wrapped in fear
We’ll teach you the boldness required
to announce your presence
On the perimeter of your own life.


Copyright © 2003 by Nora L. Jamieson

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