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Grand Coyote

Updated on February 18, 2015



I am familiar with the trail, beckoning me today

It leads a way to the river that is my usual way

Sound of waters fade, the trail divides the snow

Calling from my walk, where ever the path should go


An evening pass of winter white, clinging to the trees

The fall of winter snows, lay always as they please

Silence is more visible, in places you do not know

The stillness spills in eeriness which moves along the snow


A sudden confrontation, brings an unplanned interlude

Two who in their meeting, wonder which of us intrude

He was a grand coyote, in his handsome winters coat

Colored in shades of Autumn, with white about his throat


He stood his ground with interest, discerning my intent

Un-steadied by my nearness and unfamiliar with my scent

Both knew the wild ground, was his much more than mine

A wild obscured by trespass, of one just passing time


We froze in stoic apprehension, statued in our stance

Each in study of the other, withholding quarter to advance

He held my admiration, scratching a life from such a place

A wild born unrelenting, what grows by measured grace


I chanced the move he wanted, and knelt upon the snow

He moved ahead approving, giving me leave to go

I watched his guarded going, as he vanished in the wild

Then sat with love and trembling, frozen in my smile.

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      Ann Pingrey-Korthas 4 years ago from Utah, United States

      This has good use of vocabulary....my mind painted a picture.

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      rahul, thank you my fellow poet, it is one of my favorites.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A story ... cinematically painted in beautiful verse!!

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      Hi Theresa. Thanks for reading. Silence is more visible was also my favorite line. This was a 4 hour endeavor because of the rhyme and meter. It remains an example of my favorite type of poetry.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good afternoon Alan - An amazing encounter, an amazing poem.

      And from a comment you made I was quite taken by the power and truth of your statement "Nature consistently reminds us that we are surrounded by both her beauty, and her appetite."

      And from two different stanzas the lines that will stay with me longest, in fact I read them through three times to savor the meaning and the image, were these two:

      "Silence is more visible, in places you do not know"

      "We froze in stoic apprehension, statued in our stance"

      Altogether lovely and moving. I am longing for snow ans silence and solitude. Theresa

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      You devil you for rubbing in that last fact...winter is still full fledged here ugh! Enjoy yourself immensely, take care,

      MM

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      Thanks Maggie, I assure you, I plan on keeping my distance. Thank for reading and the comment. Thinking of you in sunny California.

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      arb, this is a beautiful representation of what Coyotes should and can be. Here in the Highlands of Cape Breton we fear coyotes. Last year a singer/songwriter was here to do a CD release and upon hiking the famous "Skyline trail," she unfortunately found out just how viscious they are. Do stay away from them, they may be pretty but their bites are deadly. Awesome hub,

      MM

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      Hey Randy! How are you, both sides? Enjoyed perusing your hubs and glad to see you here again. Thanks for your gracious comment. Be well and take good care of the two sides. We wouldn't know what to do with half of you!

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      This was really lovely Arb! A pleasure to read aloud.

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      Good morning micky! Thanks once agin!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very nice moment in time. Thank you arb!

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      saddlerider, thanks for your gracious comments. I am honored when fellow poets choose to read and comment. It is humbling and encouraging. be well.

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      good morning, bloggering. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Yes coyotes do threaten the security of our pets. The owls, here in Oregon make a habit of confiscating cats. Nature consistantly reminds us that we are surrounded by both her beauty, and her appetite.

      BTW, thank you for the follow. be well.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      The beauty that lies behind the souls of man and his fellow animals. The instinct, the pause the cautiousness and the eye and mind communication always amaze me.

      I to have witnessed encounters in my travels and am grateful to leave in peace and love for my fellow animals. This is a beautiful poem, I felt the tempo, the mood and your eloquence in it's presentation. Bravo/applaud.

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      bloggering 6 years ago from Southern California

      We had a coyote encounter in our backyard 5 days ago. It was after one of the wild rabbits that frequently visit to munch on our grass. My little pug boldly ran outside to drive it off and lost an eye as a result. This is the natural world up close and it is to be respected...as your beautiful poem conveys.

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      I did have a heart attack which required a stent a year ago. All is well today and tomorrow? It will bring with it pleasure or tragedy of its own. I've little time to consider its worse when its best is, today before me. Besides, I am living even now, in eternity. I have visited all your rooms, to find hints of your music and catch a glimpse of where the magic mingles with the music. It was a treat to walk through your memories and get to know a little more of nellieanna Hay. What a sublime heritage and that it is alive in pages will grace your family forever. Have a spectacular day nellieanna, that I may read of it another day. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Sobering AND intoxicating. Yes. The juxtaposition fits that moment, as well as others in life.

      Yes, I agree that the aura which hovers about the word 'fan' falls short, though I try to focus on a person's expressed meaning when employing it as a generic term as we must do here in HP for special emphasis beyond just clicking the 'follow' button. I seldom follow unless I'm moved to tell a person why I want to. And yours is definitely not mindlessness. This gives me a chance to thank you for your gracious words!

      I'm smiling about your visiting my 'nest' where my sewing room is. For sure, there are ribbons of TIME in there, much more than visible in the pix! I can barely remember a time I didn't sew, and that is a lot of time!

      And - oh, thank you for visiting Petra's kind hub highlighting my work and for leaving a humbling but very pleasing comment. I also noticed your comment on her hub about her husband's ordeal in which you mentioned that you experienced a similar one a little over a year ago. I'm quite touched to know that; it underlines your deep concern for life in all its aspects, from the beauties of nature to the precariousness of civilization as we know it.

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      Gracious words alastar. Thank you my friend. Be well!

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      arb you bring a grateful smile to me with your beautiful poetry.It is now quite obvious that the animals can sense a specialness in you.A wise woman once said that if a person wants to know what its really all about for them; they should take some time and observe the nature around themselves.You bring this advice to life. Thank you my friend.

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      arb 6 years ago

      onegoodwoman! how does one not appreciate a name so selected? I love their detached independence and they flourish despite the harsh elements. He is to be, admired. Thank you for reading and for the kind comment. I shall pass your admiration along should we meet again.

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      arb 6 years ago

      Is it possible to use of a single moment the words, sobering and intoxicating? It is. I have encountered many coyotes here, but always from a distance. Solitary, intriguing and so detached. We have a lot of bear also, though I've not encountered one, I have awakened to the evidence left behind. I did watch, from a distance, a cougar and was able to spot his lair, but, that one I will leave to himself. This encounter, was a once in a lifetime accidental gift, that I want nothing of again. BTW, I read a tribute to you by Petra, left my two cents and realized I had never left fan mail. Don't like the word fan. I associate it with mindless following and my following is anything but mindless! Be well Nellieanna Hay, Almost forgot, visiting your sewing room, I saw you collecting "Ribbons of time" I could not help but smile. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      I can almost sense your heartbeat as you encountered and beheld this regal animal. The snowy scene makes it all the more dramatic, with the contrast of his russet coat against the white and blue of that blanket. Your narrative of it relates your sensations and you have caught what his surely were.

      This line captures the mutual respect so beautifully:

      "We froze in stoic apprehension, statued in our stance"

      The way it all seems apart from time and other circumstance is somehow soothing.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Oh, how I like the coyote.

      They stand for independance, doing the job, and loyalty.

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      Hi Genna, thank you for the kind words and stopping by. I noticed that you are back and writing and look forward to reading. Be well

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "I watched his guarded going, as he vanished in the wild

      Then sat in love and trembling, just trying to dare a smile."

      Loved this...especially, the last two lnes. Very nice!

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      What a gracious comment Ben, Thanks for checking this out and be well!

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Wonderful work, arb, just like the deer poem.

      You write very well about nature and animals, and the unspoken connection between two souls.

      Very cool, great flow, great rhythm, great rhyme

      up/awesome/beautiful

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      What a lovely thing to say Edlira! Thank you and I am happy that you liked Mr coyote. Be well Edlira.

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      Edlira 6 years ago

      Another beautiful one. You have a fantastic way with words, arb. it is a pleasure for the mind reading your hubs. My best, always. Edlira

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      No it isn't. But if they stood side by side, I could not tell them apart. I believe I was but 25 feet for 3 or minutes. When he left, I sat for another 30 minutes in the snow just trying to collect myself. Obviously, unforgettable. Thanks for the wonderful comment. Be well my friend!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Arb, that is a fascinating story. I vote up, awesome and beautiful!

      Is the picture you provided a close visual of the one you encountered?

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      arb 6 years ago

      Thank you Qudsia, I have encountered the coyote many times, but, never as close as on this day. They keep their distance as much as we.

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Lovely how an encounter can turn so melodious.