Coyote Starthief

Coyote climbed up the cliff of an evening,
hid behind a shadow of the moon,
stretched arms long,
surprised a star.

He snatched it,
pulled it from its place,
leapt back to earth, howling.

It seared
his hands, stung
his palms,
singed his fur.

He dropped it —

and the star fled home.

Coyote soaked his paws
in cold water; for weeks
his fingers curled
in pain.

Fire-stealer, why
yearn for things
not meant
to belong
to you?

Grandfather Crow
would say:

Tonight, Coyote climbs the cliff
of the evening

(his hands itch for blisters.)

~Jeff Mach


I write about Coyote a lot.

I’m probably going to keep doing that.

My book, “Diary of a Dark Lord”, is now on Audible.

Our Villainpunk event, Evil Expo, is this January.


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Jeff Mach is an author, playwright, event creator, and certified Villain. You can always pick up his bestselling first novel, "There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN"—or, indeed, his increasingly large selection of other peculiar books. If you'd like to talk more to Jeff, or if you're simply a Monstrous Creature yourself, stop by @darklordjournal on Twitter, or The Dark Lord Journal on Facebook.