Sitting early this morning on the deck, drinking coffee and working through the last draft of our book proposal (Intimate Fences — one of the posters we analyze is titled “Commotion Among the Animals”), we hear a sudden rustling in the oak brush. A coyote bursts out of the brush, followed closely by a doe. She chases the coyote across the meadow and into more brush. They appear in the next meadow, the doe’s neck stretched out like a greyhound’s in hot pursuit.

A few minutes later she appears again in our meadow, squats to pee, looks up at Blue who is watching intently through the rail, moves away nervously, returns. We retreat from the deck to ease her mind. She watches us leave and then, for long minutes — maybe ten minutes — surveys the door we have disappeared behind.

Her twin fawns are somewhere near, we suppose, and she’s on high alert.

Fifteen minutes later she disappears, back into the brush.

And the coyote?

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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  1. alex caldiero says:

    have been reading Thoreau’s Journal,a massive work…preping for up comping class on environmental humanities. My friend, your entry does no less…an this aint no complement, but rather a call fr you to collect your blog entries which are akin to this one into a b….or at least collect em…


    • Scott Abbott says:

      alex, you make me blush.
      as you know, for years observations like this one went into Sam’s and my Wild Rides and Wildflowers.
      the blog now feels like a good site for them.


      • alex caldiero says:

        don’ mean to make you blush…lemme clarify….this entry is another species….more focused….more personal….a miniature….what you and sam did in wildflowers is a horse of another coloure…..this is more solitary….a different feel to your seeing….but then i could be off my rocker…which has one uneven leg….


      • Scott Abbott says:

        i like the distinction, but also think it may not be quite as distinct as you make out. many of the observations in the book are solitary, becoming part of the conversation only through email.
        still, thanks my friend.


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