The Stone Coyotes

It Changed Me

The Stone Coyotes
The Stone Coyotes


The things that used to matter

They don’t matter anymore

I shake my head and wonder

What I wasted all that time for


The glory of an hour

When I threw whole years away, you see

Now I count as gold

To have but not to hold

It changed me


And I awoke

Cut by the blade of Truth

Now if I could just remember

Where I misplaced my youth

Lost along the wayside

Left behind so carelessly

It will not be returned

Another lesson learned

It changed me


One sunny morning

I saw a great bird take flight

I couldn’t help it

I shivered like the day was night


I watched it go over

And on beyond the sea

The pattern on the wing

Told me everything

It changed me


Once I knew a boy

He liked to jump and shout

“Catch me if you can”

His light flickered and went out


And even though you don’t want to

You see things differently

He could run just like the wind

He was swift and thin

It changed me


A troubadour was singing

“Precious little do we own

Fragments of an old song

Last lines unknown”


I heard it from a distance

I couldn’t catch the melody

But Lord, it haunts me still

And it always will

It changed me