>coyote poem in camas


How to Draw an Albino Coyote

Leave your white crayon in the box.

Draw a simple forest. Brown strokes go down and up.
Upside down Vs in green make pretty lodge pole pines.

Smudge these with your thumb. This is how trees become
one forest. This is how we blur.

Leave a blank space- a place for her to hide.

For the Absaroka Wilderness, draw tips of broken stars.
Think of using purple – like the mountain song.

Save your blue crayon for when you see her eyes.
Tear the paper from your gray to slash thunder in the sky.

Scatter orange and yellow circles for flowers on the ground.
Let some of them be crushed.

Really pleased to share this poem
here. It was published in a
favorite environmental journal,
Camas, The Nature of the West in their 2010 Diversity Issue. Hope
you will check out what this journal is all about.


About redmitten

author of Cracking Geodes Open, Making Good Use of August, and The Peppermint Bottle. poetry editor for IthacaLit. website: https://toomuchaugust.wordpress.com

9 responses to “>coyote poem in camas

  1. >LOVE this poem. Want to follow all the instructions here!

  2. >Simply wonderful!!!!!!I want more recipes like this.

  3. >Well it's just wonderful. Congratulations! This felt like a lesson in drawing that they never teach in school… a lesson about what is seen and what is not seen…what is hiding in the blank spaces. I love it.

  4. >Once again you have set a painting in my minds eye…I love the 1st line…'leave your white crayon in the box.' It says a lot about thinking OUTSIDE the box. It's kind of like watercolour painting where you NEVER use white. Instead you just have to know where to leave the white.

  5. >so beautiful. thanks. now i feel like painting 🙂

  6. >thanks everyone! this was an important poem for me. how to hide the albino coyote so it can stay protected. loved all your responses!

  7. >If you ever need a river guide, my old friend from college owns Western Waters in Superior, Montana. He's fantastic. Thanks for linking me over there. 🙂

  8. >This poem is AWESOME! It is so inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing it and the beautiful photos!I could hear Carlos Nakai playing his flute as I read this…really GREAT!

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