Coyote Dream II

by Karen Pierce Gonzalez

It has been weeks   since coyote
slipped out    of my fenced-in 
days   that now   begin 
with longing for her,
a carnivore who cut   her teeth 
on the raw edges   of my heart,
crimping   the protective
outer layer   like it
were   pie crust.

Karen Pierce Gonzalez’s fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in FERAL, Grey Thoughts, Pandemic Puzzle Poems, Postcard Poems and Prose, Riverbed Review, San Francisco Magazine, Tiny Thimble Magazine, Twist in Time, and other publications. Her chapbook Down River with Li Po (Finishing Line Press) will be released this Fall.

A former journalist and folklore columnist, she is also an assemblage artist and has exhibited at numerous galleries, including Santa Rosa Arts Center, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Truckenbrod Gallery, and Tiny Kiosk.

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