This story is about how Coyote bragged to all his Friends, the Birds, Owl and Rabbit, Squirrel, Snake and Bear, Deer, Buffalo, and the rest of the animals gathered, of how he could place ALL the stars in the sky without a thought — and he could do IT quickly!
Oh Yes! He could do it just like THAT! — If he wanted to.
So, when he was challenged by his Friends to produce the results, He Reached into his Sack, pulled out the brightest Star, and Whooooosh, tossed it Up into the deep dark Sky of the East.
UP it went and landed just where Coyote said it would, and Lit up as bright as it could be.
“Ooooooooh”, everyone murmured, their wide eyes as large as the mushrooms that grow in the forest.
Excited, they challenged Coyote to repeat this. "Do it Again!"
He Strutted and swaggered around, and bragged that it was “No Problem!”
Again, he reached into his sack, picked out the brightest star and Whoooosh it went, as Coyote tossed it up into the night Sky to the South.
Up and Up—it sizzzzzled and landed where Coyote said he Knew it would. It lit up the Southern sky just as bright as can be.
Aaaaahhhhh! exclaimed everyone, jumping up and down, loving how Coyote can put on a show.
They were surely impressed, but voiced aloud their doubt that Coyote could repeat this act again.
However, Coyote with Swaggering self-importance, and his chest all Puffed Up, bragged that not only could he do it again, but that he could toss ALL the stars into the sky just as fast as ‘That’, and as accurately place them where they belonged.
Oh My! What a Story Coyote can tell!
With that, he reached into his sack once more and chose the next Two Brightest Stars, and Whoooosh — Whoooosh, he flung them in different directions, one to the West and the other to the North. They both landed in place within a twinkling of each other.
“MMMmmmmmmm”, strutted Coyote, like a rooster Swollen with arrogance!
Everyone was so amazed as they looked up and saw four stars in the Great Dark Sky.
Four stars and a lot of dark space between.
Coyote, in spite of himself, also looked up and realized the sky was still very dark. He had only accomplished four stars, and He was getting mighty impatient to be done with it.
Everyone realized that the four stars looked lonely and forlorn, they were so far away from each other.
Now what did Coyote have to say about that?
It was not done.
It was still Dark.
He would never deliver on the brag he had made to light up the Midnight sky.
So when Coyote sneaked a peek into his Sack he was Sorely Shocked to See so many Stars yet left to be placed. They fairly popped and sizzled inside his sack with light!
At this rate, He would never accomplish it and He would be made a fool.
He scratched his chin and wondered what to do.
He just couldn't wait! On a conceited whim, He took his Entire Sack and laid it Wide Open — Wide — as Wide as Wide could be.
And on the count of THREE, He Flung them ALL OUT of the sack AT ONCE — Straight Up into the Midnight Sky.
The light was Glorious coming out of the sack, Streaming like fireworks, Sparking and Sizzzzzling on their way into the vast darkness.
It was as if Magic had taken over, as each Star with light trailing behind it, moved to find its own unique place in the night sky.
Some went toward the North Star and others to the West, East, and South, like they were being led to their rightful place all on their own.
And everyone said, “Ooooh!” “Ahhh!” “Mmmm!!”
The night sky lit up with the Sparkling Light from the Billions upon Billions of stars that fled out of Coyote’s sack.
On and on they continued to Streak out.
Everyone was mesmerized watching the wide moving Arc of Light trail up to the endless expanse of Darkness.
They saw the darkness turn into dots of soft Sparkling Light spread like a blanket across the Overhead sky; the Points of light reflected in their own eyes.
Even Coyote stood in Disbelief — but only for a moment.
Quickly, before others could see his own Astonishment — He recovered his composure and assumed his Usual Arrogant Stance.
He folded his arms together over his puffed out chest, and as he leaned up against a large red rock, he swung one long Straggled and Furry leg over the other, and crossed it at his Bony Ankles.
Here, with a most Elegant Grin on his face, He said, “See, I told you I could do it!”
LOL! I surely do love Coyote! He makes me feel so free and abandoned to my own childlike sense of magic and self-importance. It is so wonderful to feel like that sometimes, to be in touch to such outrageous braggadocio! No one does arrogance like Coyote. What an archetypal showman!
I wish you all such outrageous and successful outcomes as Coyote has accomplished to bring Light to the world. With this, GemFireAir renews its vision of Light For the World this wondrous Solstice Night.Till the New Year comes round and we meet once again.Con Molto Amore,~ mek