Bears and poets

October 21, 2010

Sniff…I smell poetry.

Bears and poets are quite similar
if you really dare to stare
About the stocky legs and shaggy hair?
quite common in several species of poets, dark and fair
To say nothing of their brotherhood
In escaping the travails of winter’s ire
Poetic hibernations extend into years
Though just a season or two, is enough for most bears

Those who follow them in forests and to their lairs
Bears are typically solitary animals, they do swear
but that’s how you define a poet too, I fear
Poaching of poets and bears remains ever banned
Still they remain on society’s lists
As a vulnerable and endangered clan
To say nothing of a bear’s sense of smell,
he smells humans from miles away, they tell
A poet with his pen in full poetic gear
Smelling human intrusions, he too disappears


While the polar bear is carnivorous and panda eats only bamboo
Such varying peculiarities exist among poets of the world too
Bears have been hunted since pre-historic era, poor geezers
Reminds me of Lorca of Spain and Cinna in the times of Caesar
Bears prefer digging ,climbing, tearing and catching prey
While digging, foraging, catching and ensnaring words, forever the poet’s way
Bears like to live in dark dens and caves,
Poets too have affinities to such a place

The evidence therefore suggests, I deeply regret to say
In every poet, lives a bear, which probably has lost its way.

©Reena Prasad


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