The Stone Coyotes

The Fall of Babylon

The Stone Coyotes
The Stone Coyotes


A man came crawling out of the desert

Said, “I thought I heard a battle cry

The sun looking down so cruel

Was fixing me with a baleful eye”


Mother, do you hear the drumming?

Don’t you know I’ve been called upon?

Father, they are singing something

About the fall of Babylon


“You can bring me home but this house

                                        will not hold me

I’m a stranger in a strange land

I see the dragons at the gate

From a silver ship sailing on the sand


Give me no medicine – Give me no comfort

This blanket feels like a funeral shroud

Bring me my spear – Bring me my armor

The voices are beckoning much too loud"


Wringing her hands she called for the doctor

The doctor said, “This is delirium”

“No, no, Doctor”, he said, “You are mistaken

Look behind you – Here they come”


She said, “Do you not see the sunlight

                                through the window

The rose on the vine as we stand at your side?”

He raised his fevered head from the pillow

Just before he sank back and died, he said…