Predator Sighting

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
unasked, unmasked,
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.

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9 Responses to Predator Sighting

  1. Nancy Donovan says:

    “Feral event…..” wonderful

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Maren says:

    It certainly will be — applauding the restaurants that are closing!

  3. Jessica McArdle says:

    Your metaphors are perfect, Maren. I applaud the restaurants that are closing too.

  4. Lorna King says:

    Maren, such self-restraint! I love the way that each day you help me see the world with new eyes. Thank you!

  5. Maren says:

    You are very welcome, but also so imperfect. Title is changing to avoid offending.

  6. Titia Bozuwa says:

    This is perfect!! Bravo!

  7. Elisa says:

    Politics is life. And your post is the defiance of love. I find no need for apology. I had to wait 40 min to exit NIH on Saturday bc Trump was across the street. I don’t think there was any pepper spray involved. ;/ For the first time this weekend though, something really unexpected happened. I felt compassion for that man and the helpless, unvalidated little boy inside him. I have prayed for this compassion, but not often and not hard. I want him out of office ASAP, but I can pray for him now in a way I could not before. An unexpected grace to me. I always love the depth of your posts. (:

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