Most days, they can’t see
outside the fort, foothills full
of native ghosts in wild skins
and fine feathers, or the clouds
that boil, fume and sometimes
storm for the fun of it.
Busy with new rules to keep
the stockade safe, they can’t hear
the coyote’s wail in the street—
we live outside its walls
by the same laws
the bird and animal people left us.