Three Deer One Coyote Running in the Snow


            First three deer bounding
and then coyote streaks right after
                  tail      flat out

I stand dumb a while two seconds
blankly black-and-white of trees and snow

            Coyote's back!
            good coat, fluffy tail,
sees me:            quickly gone.

            Later:
I walk through where they ran

to study how that news all got put down.


Gary Snyder, No Nature: New and Selected Poems, Pantheon Books, 1992.