Coyote and Eagle Know
Night as cave people knew it.
Night of the owl, of the iguana.
Firefly, red fox, hints blatant
or subtle of jasmine. Moon-
silhouetted sea oat and shell.
Night the Chinook tell us Coyote
and Eagle saw an old woman
swallow the moon. Rebirth
it onto a meeting lodge floor,
where it lay admiring moon-
silver ghosts. Night.
Night before light-emitting diodes
commenced to glare with blood
and grass eyes. Night before street-
lights, clubs, and cruisers. Night
flaunting indigo, ebony, onyx.
Piano key black. Sleek coal
of a panther feigning sleep
on a too-still branch. Ermine
black, black keen to help spoon
cave-raised delicacies into us
and robe us out of sight if we will
but let her. Kneel and sweep us
off our feet. Force us to dream.
Face fear so we can put it to rest.
Never mind if she delights or not
by glittering her hair or decking
in filigreed silver and gold lame
with lace, or knits us striped wool
to stave off a chill or refuses,
still soothes, still feeds. Knows
there are times we need to hide.
Dark to balance Light. Surcease
from the prods of human robots.
Flash, buzz, beep, clang. Call it
vitamin Night. N-i-g-h-t,
c) Phyllis Jean Green, 2008
All Rights Reserved
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|Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
|I felt the predators gathering in your darkness. Thank goodness you can face your dark and take soltice there. Wild and thriving imagery. Liz|
|Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
|WOW! Phyllis, What a beautiful imagery enchanted poem!
I can still feel the softness and sweetness in your expressions!
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple Lady Sheoxoo
Nature speaks it's own spirit, I hope we all here it!
|Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
|You mesmorize me, Pea... this was great! G-R-E-A-T! :)
A Night in living colors, and all it has to offer!
Love and Peace~
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Your vivid imagery serves to enhance the theme that you put forward via your verses, Pea. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and best wishes to you,
|Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
|Man! You've GOT to be a water sign! Your closeness to nature is all in this pen.
Blessings and love,
|Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
|A most unusual piece of work, Phyllis!
One can almost see a tapestry depicting these trails of thoughts.
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
Outstanding and wise... "Coyote and Eagle Know" flows and glows.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|The imagery, (((Pea))), immediately draws the reader in - reminds me of old Native American legendtellers - beautifully penned and imaged in verse! My new favorite of yours - thank you.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
|An enchanting write my friend, captivated me from beginning to end!