Coyote Grows Older

Coyote always pulls himself up,

Alger-style,

by his suspender straps.

He pulls so hard,

he hits the top of Metallurgy at Firestone.


Coyote in his chocolate La-Z-Boy,

yells at the Browns’ game,

stops to

chase his giggling granddaughter down

and tickle her silly.


Grandfather Coyote

gives homage to the First People,

plants his corn and tomatoes

in mounds of earth

behind his hyacinth hogan.

My grandmother preserves them

in jars and freezer bags

till Thanksgiving.

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