Tricky Rick is Dead: Goodbye Little Coyote


A carefree day

Beaver stays busy

Salmon travel

Cougar roams

Eagle soars

I listen to the symphony

fluid sounds of lake,

creek, and brook

North Wind’s turn to conduct

melodious tunes:

light, airy, breezy

Sway of branch

dance of leaf

inspired vocals

tweet bird, tweet

Cues to laugh,




Ancestral home

visible for miles

Missed cue

by technology:

ring-tone clamor

ancient Hammer hip-hop

need upbeat Mother Earth apology

Voice of lost love

suspicion aroused

“J-Bear, you cool?”

Does glacier worry about snow flake?

All is frosty

“It’s about Little Brother:

Little Coyote.”

Spirit Guide robbed her punch line

Tricky Rick is dead!




Land of the Devil Sun

Late night on a lonely road

Backseat rider

business bound

Staring down the bright lights of woe

Two-ton bullet gaining speed


At the helm

a DUI three-peat

Slim Picken’s imitation

rocket rodeo

missile madness

No time to act

No place to go

except where faith

may make it so

Fire-water scores four more

One married to addiction:

three collateral damage

but the count’s too low

What about opposites

and offspring?

Little Coyote’s wife

leaving hospital:

Gave birth to their first,

now grieving

Daughter now daddy-less

Is that not collateral damage?

Statistically speaking,

who speaks for

ghost statistics?

Who qualifies

the unregistered quantity?

So much concern for criminals

Much less for crime victims

Don’t blame color-blindness

gender prejudice


political incorrectness

or financial deficiency

Lady Justice is blind

to personal responsibility

She’s a gold-diggin’ bitch

with a greedy itch

Where, pray tell, is my compassion?

Spread among the innocent dead

and kith and kin

Destroyed when Mr. Booze

performed a dozen

long-necked elbow bends

scorned common sense

chose to drive

Giving no thought to the living

Receiving no mercy in the end

When Wolf tells Moon

a lunar joke

Crow caws just because

and Coyote abandons his den

© JW Thomas


9 thoughts on “Tricky Rick is Dead: Goodbye Little Coyote

  1. Mary Cathleen Clark May 27, 2016 / 3:48 am

    Driving drunk has ruined and ended untold lives. I wonder, though, if there are any among us who hasn’t done it at least once in our live–or been a willing passenger in a vehicle driven by a drunk–especially when we were young and stupid.

    Liked by 2 people

    • jwtatfbc May 27, 2016 / 3:51 am

      True, but it doesn’t make it right. And someone needs to be held accountable for the consequences when it destroys peoples lives.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mary Cathleen Clark May 27, 2016 / 3:53 am

        I’m not saying it does…better education is needed re the consequences of driving drunk long before a teenager gets behind the wheel of a car.

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      • jwtatfbc May 27, 2016 / 3:57 am

        I agree, my friend. But they have films like that in school, like the old flick called “blood on the highways;” unfortunately, most people don’t learn the hard lessons without a hard consequence after they’ve already hurt someone. If they did they wouldn’t get in the car in the first place while drunk or stoned.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark May 27, 2016 / 4:02 am

        I’m more talking about parents’ responsibility, not the school system. And setting a good example for your children…walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk. Keeping open communication with your children so they can come to you with anything. One can’t abdicated parenthood to the schools.

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      • jwtatfbc May 27, 2016 / 4:07 am

        I’m all for that, my friend. But you and I had a recent conversation about parents not even raising their kids anymore. So I would like to see education come from many areas; and when they fail make the consequence bad enough that once they get hit with it they will not become repeat offenders like we have so much of today.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark May 27, 2016 / 4:09 am

        I see your point and agree. I’m off to bed now, my wonderful friend. Goodnight and sweet dreams.

        Liked by 1 person

      • jwtatfbc May 27, 2016 / 4:10 am

        Good night and sweet dreams to you as well, Pretty Lady.

        Liked by 1 person

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