Becoming Coyote

I love Coyotes. They possess a tangible magic. I used to have an Appaloosa mare, Jet, that I kept at a private farm. The back field was closed off from everything, like a sanctuary, so I spent a great deal of time back there, just sitting, resting, meditating, playing flute, communing, observing. The entire area had a magic to it, an amazing energy, and quite a lot of wildlife – Great Horned Owls, Rabbits, Hawks, Tortoise….. There had been a settlement/village there, thousands of years ago. (I found a blade and a broken arrow head that were dated 6,000-8,000 years old, but that’s a story for another time.) I would ride Jet in the nearby farm fields, and on one special ride we witnessed Coyote pups playing! On another occasion, I sat behind the barn to play flute, and a Coyote answered. It was a very intimate and spiritual experience. Once, while I was up by the barn, I heard them in the back field. I crept toward the gateway as silently as possible so that I could get a peek at them. Even as quiet as I was, by the time I got within sight, they had vanished like smoke! Without a sound, and without stirring even one blade of the tall grass. Poof! Today, there is a Coyote family near my home in the city (Indianapolis). It makes me feel good to know that they’re near. They are a part of me, and always will be.

 

(Coyote photo by Warren Lynn)

 

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Published by Carol

Carol became addicted to the cathartic and highly personal nature of poetry as a child. She has taught poetry writing and appreciation to children and adults, and has had the good fortune to serve as a poet-in-residence for Clark Elementary School in Franklin, Indiana. She has also presented poetry workshops for librarians at the Children & Young People’s Division library conferences, and was awarded “Outstanding Teaching in the Field of Poetry” by the Barbara Juster Esbensen teaching award committee. Carol’s poems have been published in anthologies, journals, and magazines such as Frogpond, Branches, The Journal of Modern Haiku, The Vision, and Cricket. Holding a B.A. in Music, Carol has performed in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. Ensembles to her credit include Shilombish, White Elk, Zionsville Flute Choir, American Crow. As well as being a vocalist, Carol also performs on silver flute, Native American style flute, bass guitar, and bass lute. Also an avid equestrian, Carol is a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, and loves to spend time with her mule, Andromeda.

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