Hohokam – a poem by David Chorlton


A coyote barks back
at the sunlight

from among rocks marked
with directions to the stars

when the people who
were here before him

walked to the edge of the Earth
and continued

into the darkness
that spread

around the mountain each night
and gave no indication

of where the next
step leads.

David Chorlton is a transplanted European, who has lived in Phoenix since 1978. His poems have appeared in many publications online and in print, and reflect his affection for the natural world. His newest book publication is Shatter the Bell in my Ear, his translations of poems by Austrian poet Christine Lavant.

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