Sunday, February 8, 2009

Wild Dogs

Coyote eating rat by Gusto! 7-20-08

Come out to the desert you domestic dogs and,
See where wild creatures live,
Wander the cactus and creosote trail,
Find my den
And I will devour you.
You leave your scat trail along paved paths
A perimeter of domesticity,
But I howl a challenge in the night
Where my band of brothers runs by moonlight
In the untamed places
Where your man masters seldom tread,
In the quiet places
That so many humans dread
Come out to the desert you domestic dogs
And see what there is to find
Where the danger is as real as the beauty
On these unpaved paths of mine.

~Kathie Brown (1-21-09)

Coyote eating rat July 20, 2008 by Gusto!

Poet's Note: I wrote this poem recently after walking my dog in the morning and seeing all the dog scat alongside the sidewalk. It made me wonder what the coyotes think of this feeble attempt by the domestic dogs to mark their territory and suddenly these words came spilling into my head. I hurried home to write them down before they slipped away again. ~Kathie


Dancin Fool said...

Wow, he/ she is beautiful! What wonderful shots.

I really enjoyed your poem. I am glad you managed to get the words down on paper.

Shelley said...

Your poem was great and the coyote photos thrilling!!!

Beth said...

Beautiful picture and I like the poems you have been writing very much. Keep 'em coming!

Anonymous said...

Great photos, Kathie. and I'm loving your poems, yesterday's and today's.

Cheryl Ann said...

Kathie, what a beautiful poem! And, it is so true! Coyotes have actually snatched a couple of small dogs in Palm Springs while their owners were walking them! In daylight! WE are in THEIR territories and yet we wonder why they are still here! Incredible photos!

Diane AZ said...

Love your poetry! This one from the coyote's perspective really makes me pause and think. The pictures are awesome too.

BirdingMaine said...

Beuatiful photos and a wonderful peom. Great work!

Deborah Godin said...

Terrific poem! And love those coyote photos, too!

Quiet Paths said...

This is a wonderful piece. Beautiful internal melody...

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Lovely thoughful poem....

Celeste said...

What a great idea Kathie, very thought provoking. Certainly when you encounter wild creatures in their natural environment it does change your view of things.
Love these photos.

Amy said...

What treat! Well it's nice to know that there are animals out there who eat the vermin. Nice photos and prose!

bobbie said...

A marvelous post, Kathie!

I so love the photo of the duck in the water with the reflections! I love them all.

Kathie Brown said...

Dancin' fool, thank you so much! Welcome to my blog!

Shellmo, thanks you. We were thrilled when Gus got those shots.

Beth, I'll try. I am trying to honor that part of myself more.

Wren, thanks. I meant for them to publish on 2 different Sundays but apparently I entered the dates wrong!

Cheryl Ann, I'm glad you can see the truth in that!

Diane, I love to hear that. If my poems, art, writing, blog make anyone think, that is good! You have made my day!

Birding Maine, thank you for stopping by and thank you for the compliment!

Deborah, you know I am always gald to see you!

Quiet paths, thanks for noticing that.

Hi Bird couple. Thanks!

celeste, thank you. Yes, it does.

Amy, so good to see you again. I know how you love nature also, so thank you!

Bobbie, I am assuming you meant to comment on the above post and I thank you for that. Gus took that shot so I will pass on your comment!