The tricksters

They run like ghosts
the coyotes
twirling from head
and tail

turning with the swift fury
of the stirred dust devil

and just as quickly
stopping
on a small outcropping
with a sharp stillness

to gaze and make
contact, to let

you know they’ll be
gone in a flash,
just like you, leaving
their markings

in secret places
of the field.

—Stacey Warde

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