Last night our neighbor across the street
came running to tell us
that a coyote was heading our way,
but my beagle already knew
and was howling
at the scent of danger in the wind.
“Ignore it! Stay in the house!”
Donald Trump comes tomorrow
to our town,
(staying on federal land
so the City Council can do nothing)
and he insists that rally attenders,
sign a paper
so when they get sick
they cannot sue his campaign.
(For once) I am not saying anything
about Trump’s politics —
after all coyotes
belong in their own habitat,
not backyards full of children and pets.
But bringing this kind of feral event
into our environment,
brings us to a great howling.
Do not threaten the children
of this nation,
or the elders of this small town.
Do not send gifted students away,
celebrate the statues of enslavers,
destroy international connections
to fight the virus —
sorry, maybe politics, but only this one week.
In Portsmouth, we stay in the house,
but we dare not ignore it.