Coyote thin, the anomaly, a creature

with oversized head and tail of a husky,

lopes side by side a full furred vixen

mid morning through the tall clover hay

of a mountain meadow


Locals and tourists blame the crossbreed

for what’s missing –

pet kittens, small pedigree dogs,

gone from condos, log homes

and ski lodges


As I watch them leap, heads bobbing,

coats ruffled by the wind,

they look to be sporting,

celebrating clouds and skies

in defiance of unnatural laws

preached by delusional men

from ancient tablets of stone