The coyotes shrieked last night

Guttural chirps and wails

Under a starlit sky

Just before midnight.

Big-boned Maine coyotes

Wolves, they say, in their blood.

The dog, for once, shut up

The cats trembled.



We were all alive.

In a dying world.


Kathleen Fox, of Tenants Harbor, is a local artist and author of two recent award-winning books, and winner of an undergraduate poetry award many years ago.

The Courier-Gazette will feature quality poems of local authors in Open Mic. If you would like to submit a poem, please email it to News Editor Dan Dunkle at or mail it to 91 Camden Street, Suite 403, Rockland, ME 04841. Please be sure to include your name, address, daytime phone number and a little information about the poet. No profanity or explicit material, please. 500 words or fewer preferred.