Thursday, August 5, 2010
The bear puts both arms around the tree above her
And draws it down as if it were a lover
And its chokecherries lips to kiss good-by,
Then lets it snap back upright in the sky.
Her next step rocks a boulder on the wall
(She's making her cross-country in the fall).
Her great weight creaks the barbed wire in its staples
As she flings over and off down through the maples,
Leaving on one wire tooth a lock of hair.
Such is the uncaged progress of the bear.
The world has room to make a bear feel free;
The universe seems cramped to you and me.
Man acts more like the poor bear in a cage,
That all day fights a nervous inward rage,
His mood rejecting all his mind suggests.
He paces back and forth and never rests
The me-nail click and shuffle of his feet,
The telescope at one end of his beat,
And at the other end the microscope,
Two instruments of nearly equal hope,
And in conjunction giving quite a spread.
Or if he rests from scientific tread,
'Tis only to sit back and sway his head
Through ninety-odd degrees of arc, it seems,
Between two metaphysical extremes.
He sits back on his fundamental butt
With lifted snout and eyes (if any) shut
(He almost looks religious but he's not),
And back and forth he sways from cheek to cheek,
At one extreme agreeing with one Greek
At the other agreeing with another Greek
Which may be thought, but only so to speak.
A baggy figure, equally pathetic
These pictures reminded me of the time my father was driving home through the countryside up in Washington. He'd had a pretty rotten day and felt weary and a bit low, when all of a sudden a black bear came "barrelling" (his word) out of the woods and cut across the road in front of him, slowed and looked right at him, which made him smile.
Well, I wanted to share some sweet pictures of other bears in the Big Woods, RC and her cub, and here's Lucky snacking on sunflowers.
This has been an interesting day, to say the least. Got some good news in the morning, got some bad news in the evening. Fortunately, the good news far outweighs the bad news, so it's a matter of Shawn making an attitude adjustment, lol.
SGTex made the most fabu Swedish meatballs, low carb style, on a bed of our garden zucchini. They were the best ever (thank you, Chef Hottie) !!!!
And it was a beautiful day. Come to think of it, I should have been in a much better mood.....
photos courtesy of: Lily the Black Bear page on Facebook
at 8:53 PM