Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Codydog
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
We begin December with an inspiriting poem by Gorham’s Rachel Flynn, who reveals her feeling for her child through the metaphor of a coydog.
Coydog by Rachel Contreni Flynn
When I look at you, my life, my eyes grow lighter, become a golden coydog’s.I cannot touch you enough and already have learned not to try to trap or tame you,not even to untangle your hair. It is enough that the look of you lightens meuntil I could run the fields behind our house, twisting and yipping with joy.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2010 Rachel Contreni Flynn. Reprinted from Tongue, Red Hen Press, 2010, by permission of Rachel Contreni Flynn. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.