*Based on a Mexican legend
Many years ago,
In the land of Mexico,
Some warriors with magic powers
Could shape-shift to and fro.
They used these powers to protect their lands
Of fine women and mariachi bands.
The lives of every villager
Were in these people’s hands.
One of these few men
Had the name Water Coyote.
He would sit down on the grass
And calmly eat peyote.
He could morph into an animal that dwells in the great sea.
Smaller than a man;
Ends with A and starts with V.
Or he could turn to a coyote, with heart, brain, and soul.
And howled to the moon
In a sky as black as coal.
He loved his people above all things,
And got the rewards
That being kind brings.
One day he got out of bed,
An arrow of war sailed overhead.
He rushed home to see a battle—
His men were being killed like cattle.
He fought with his brothers for seven days and nights.
Everyone of them died, and
He ran away with all his might.
Crying the whole way home,
He eventually found his village.
They were very glad to see him,
But he told them of the pillage.
They cried through the night,
Weeping until dawn.
Mourning their lost men
Till they saw the sun.
Coyote then took every last person
Down to the salty ocean.
He gathered smooth blue rocks;
They pondered this commotion.
He placed one stone
‘Neath the tongue of ev’ry boy and girl.
And, one by one, they entered the water,
Transforming in a swirl.
They all became Vaquita,
Their spirits joined their brothers’.
They still live to this day,
But might not live another.
What a beautiful, well-written poem. Thank you for sharing it.
Thanks! If you couldn’t tell, it was based on the last part of this online Vaquita book: http://bibliotecadigital.ilce.edu.mx/sites/educa/libros/vaquita/htm/sec_3.htm