Puca watched his brother Coyote
Fall from the tail of White Headed Eagle again
Fall far from the sun and Immortality un-gained.
Another of Coyote’s tricks unhinged, another fall.
Puca knew Coyote would take on another shape
Always with the same voice, wise people would not listen to.
But the poor and wretched needing hope might.
Puca watched Coyote transform into another form.
As sure as night followed day, a trick would be played,
So that Coyote would reach the Sun and Immortality.
Puca smiled it is the endless game the Trickster plays,
Puca feels restless, there’s always another game to be played.
Puca are important mythological figures in the Celtic world. The Puca is a shape shifter. Puca are capable of good; but also capable, in their sinister form, of terrible life changing harm. Jung took a great interest in Celtic Mythologies particularly with stories about figures like the Púca in Irish folk tales. Púca is the Archetypal “Trickster”.
On rare occasions, the Púca was said to have the power of human speech. They used human words when they needed to lead a human away from harm. This is why humans were so afraid of Púcas: they could bring terrible misfortune, or they could save your life.When you met them, you weren’t ever sure which twist of fate to be ready for.
Coyote, Loki and Puca are all Tricksters.
And so the late President, Trickster in Chief — “All hail the Chief” — has attempted to emulate Coyote and reach the Sun and immortality and has failed. Trump has fallen as he must do! And like Coyote he must try again!
Verse as Commentary
Rob Cullen artist, writer, poet. Rob runs “Voices on the Bridge” a poetry initiative in Wales. Walks hills and mountains daily with a sheep dog at his side.