Coyote watches the pilgrim's land.
He'd been getting bored anyway.
After ten thousand years the native
population was wise to his tricks.
Fact is, he'd been too good at his
profession. Done himself out of a job.
Coyote invents the stock market.
Everyone falls for it.
Coyote teaches military tactics to Custer.
(That can be the only explanation.)
Coyote writes scripts for soap operas.
Everyone says they're like real life.
Coyote writes scripts for real life.
Everyone says it's just like soap operas.
Coyote works as a spin doctor, gets
a movie actor elected as president.
Coyote says, I think it's going to be
quite a few years until my retirement.
About the Author: Bill Lewis is a writer, artist, teacher, and performance artists from Kent, England.
Copyright © 1996 by Bill Lewis. The poem first appeared in The Wine of Connecting, published by Lazerwolf Press. It may not be reproduced in any form without the author’s express written permission.