COYOTE INSPIRES ART AND POETRY~
The following poem was recently written by one of our Maine poets when he visited our Coyote Connections Art Exhibition at the University of New England’s Gallery in Portland, Maine, and was inspired by “The Ghosts of Evergreen Cemetery.”
O keepers of the night
and reapers of the weak —
O omnivores of voles and mice,
berries, domestic cats, and roadkill,
who maintain the strong by
culling the sickly and unfit,
long may you thrive.
“Ghosts of Evergreen Cemetery”
marking the gravestones of
Nathan Clifford and others,
your silent stealth is legendary—
bringing your voices to bear only
when lonely or in need of
a chorus to the moon.
Your presence noted more
by tracks in the snow than sightings,
we love knowing you are with us
in Portland and every County in Maine.
May your value to our world
be recognized and celebrated
in art and song forever.
December 5, 2014