Inspired by a coyote with a white-tipped tail
Coyote Tails are Usually Dark
Down in the dim city creek
a shadowless gray slinks
upstream and away,
ghostly or just well-painted
to match morning rock and dry
things—except for one surprise:
a white-tipped tail-flag held low,
maybe to show
you’re not about
to surrender or negotiate.
Out hiking yesterday morning, this coyote and I surprised each other in Santiago Creek at Irvine Park. I shot a couple of quick (blurry in the low light) photos, and only when I got home did I realize that this was an odd beast: its tail tip was white instead of the normal black . . . which got me thinkin’ and writin’ the coyote poem, above.
Also on this hike: fun with dust . . .
. . . and shadow shenanagins: