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Sestina for the Brown Bears

Posted: March 30, 2011 - 8:21am

Sestina for the Brown Bears

By Elizabeth Cuadra

In the empire of the brown bears

they embody nature’s power.

They come fishing in these waters,

make the local black bears run.

What will happen when the humans

try to share the brown bears’ trail?

Let’s watch beside this sandy trail.

We’ll soon see what kind of wild bear

tries to stand upright like humans,

drawn by the falling water’s power

feeds long upon the salmon run,

slurps up the icy glacier waters.

By the lake’s iceberg-filled waters

along a southward-sinking trail

toward the solstice, days now run.

Dark days, long nights too hard to bear.

The autumn sun’s fast-waning power:

dark and dim for many humans.

Caution signs ignored by humans

placed by rangers near lake waters

warn of brown bears’ fearsome power,

warn us not to use that trail.

This photo-op made just for bear

fails to convince our luck has run.

Charged by Mom bear, see us run!

Reminded we are merely humans

and this trail belongs to brown bear,

panicked so, we loose our waters,

scamper flat-out down the trail

breathless from this show of power.

Evolution wields its power:

While centuries and eons run,

our lives and bears’ run that same trail.

Nature’s rules also bind humans

in this land of icy waters,

in the empire of the brown bear.

This trail does not belong to humans.

Hike or run by other waters!

We are in the power of brown bear.

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