Traveling Coyote – poem

Please read this nice poem from my friend Teresa Barker.

Theresa Barker - Lab Notes

Relaxing on MAX, Dennis Maxwell/Port of Portland.


They think I am a coyote

But in my trickster nature

I use this disguise

to watch them.

The Red Line MAX


They think I look so


fitting right into the city

smiling when a young hipster passes me

shouldering his messenger bag

earbuds in the ear

tuned to the Creative Pep Talk podcast.


right down to my furry paws


you’d recognize me anywhere



New Mexico.

People say

there’s no more wile

in the wild but there’s

always a coyote.


My writer-friend Liz Kellebrew sent me this photo of a coyote traveling on the Portland MAX light rail, taken back in 2002. They think this coyote came onto the train with a fare checker, and it (the coyote) was eventually captured by Wildlife Services and released in a more coyote-friendly location.

This photo reminded…

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