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.

 

Tonight

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 ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com 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.