This segment is from a longer piece, Plato’s Alcove, which won an honorable mention in Torrey House Press’s 2011 Creative Non-Fiction Contest.Â You can read the entire entry here. Plato’s Alcove is about my first trip to the desert back in 1982.
In the desert one day I met Coyote, the Trickster-God.Â We greeted each other and sat in the shade.Â I opened my canteen and drank then offered Coyote a drink.Â When he thought I wasnâ€™t looking he wiped the canteenâ€™s mouth.Â Then he drank.
â€œThank you,â€ he said, handing it back.
I asked Coyote, â€œWhy is this place so beautiful?â€
He laughed and said, â€œIâ€™ll tell you a story that explains everything.â€ Continue reading Tree of Life by Coyote (as told to Patricia K.)