Chuck Toll

Coyote and Frog (Native American)

Coyote and his friends walked to a pond
But found Frog and his clan now living there.
“This pond is small for all of us, ” Frog said.
“ Find water of your own. We cannot share.”

“If you will let us drink our fill and bathe,
I’ll get you a warm blanket and a blue stone
That’s bigger than your fist, ” Coyote offered.
When Frog agreed, Coyote went for them alone.

Frog took the gifts and led them to the pond.
Later as they left Frog laughed, “Good trade! ”
In fact, Coyote stole the gifts from Thunderbird,
Now furiously tracking prints the thief had made.

Coyote returned next day to find the Frog clan dead.
He took his people to the pond. “Good trade, ” he said.

Submitted: Friday, October 19, 2007
Edited: Monday, April 18, 2011

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  • Rookie Yen Cress (10/19/2007 10:06:00 PM)

    Well done! I like stories, particularly legends of bygone days, told through poetry. Like sitting around a small campfire with tribal fathers teaching the young ones the wisdom of the ages.
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