Friday, July 2, 2010

Beautiful bear poetry (and announcing the prize winners)

Thanks to everyone who submitted poems for the bear poetry challenge! It's so hard choosing who to send a prize to. I wish I could send each of you a bear package.

First, the poems.

From Michael Pealow:

Bountiful berries
We all grow in summer fields
Nom nom nom nom nom!

Haha! Now what else would bears write poetry about?

Michael also wrote this beauty:

On the Origins of Groaler Bears and Pizzleys

Tall, dark, and handsome
Raging case of Spring Fever
And exotic tastes

The polar goddess
In her wintery white robe
Has "Grizzly Fever"

Rob-Bear was definitely on a roll when it came to Bear haiku. Rob-Bear, I knew you'd find your inner poetic bear!

Bear likes challenges,
but eating's more important,
spring, summer, and fall.

Bear in shining fur,
glowing with bright moonlight,
sniffs distant food, wonders.

Bear, back gently
massaged on summer grass,
fragrant, sunny carpet.

Brown bear, sniffing intently.
Fine food in the air.
Nothing else matters for her.

These lovely gems came from Jozien:

Brevity and levity
says the bear lusciously
i caught a glimpse of its black shiny fur

a great big black bear
lumbering in causally
he walked out again

And from Utopian Fragments, a polar bear dream:

forever is gone

the bear was all alone
but the ice snippet
was lonely drifting

Two more food-oriented beauties and a play-poem from S.L. Corsua!

mother grizzly bear
begins her vegan diet
cub thinks: not again

cub hears salmon splash
mother grizzly stops mid-chew
thinking: sorry, grass

mama bear shakes head
while cubs mimic the humans
playful brother-bears

Then there was a spiritual beauty from Catherine Vibert:

Child of my heart
I teach The Way of the Land
Though boundaries tighten

And Kat Mortensen shared her Robert Service-style bear poem with us! This one made me feel sad. Poor old Bucky.

BUCKWHEAT’S LAST GRAB

Strange things happen in the dark of night,
While you’re bundled up in bed.
Keep away from the honey-hive at the height
Of the moon, or you’ll end up dead!

Tall tales told by the campfirelight,
Old grizzlies love to share.
Cubs, wide-eyed shrunk up with fright,
Heed not the chill night air.

One story is their favourite,
Sends shivers up small spines,
‘Bout a Kamloops bear gone missing
Who couldn’t read the signs.

“Stay out!" "Keep off!” The billboards read,
And, “Enter if you dare!",
"No tresspassing!","Beware of Dog!”
Buckwheat could only stare.

The printed word dumbfounded him,
For book-learnin’ he’d spurned.
He might have been more careful,
If reading he had learned.

So on he went into the yard,
Just followin’ his nose,
To that sweet smell of honey,
When up behind him rose…

A figure of great height and bulk,
Wielding a big long stick.
He drew a bead on “Bucky”,
Who thought it was a trick…

Until he saw the gun go off
And he knew he was done.
Then Bucky crumpled in a heap
For he weighed near a ton.

And farmer Orwall rolled his sleeves;
He had some work to do.
The massive bear he had to hide,
‘Else, this dark night he’d rue.

Long gone midnight, moon was high
And Orwall dug down deep,
And rolling the old bear inside
Poor Bucky went to sleep—

Forever with the angels,
In paradise for bears;
Where honey flows from faucets,
Rolls down the marble stairs—

At least that’s what they tell the cubs,
Especially when there’s tears--
Young bears need reassuring;
The big bears calm their fears.

Now farmer Orwall’s up in court,
With charges to be laid.
The law still frowns on shootin’ bears
To stop a midnight raid.

So let that be a lesson
To bears who leave their cave:
Stay in school and learn to read
‘Cause signs your life could save.

Strange things happen in the dark of night,
While you’re bundled up in bed.
Keep away from the honey-hive at the height
Of the moon, or you’ll end up dead!

Kathleen Mortensen © 2007

And now for the prizes! Did I say this was difficult? Oh yeah!

The randomly drawn name from all entrants was Michael Pealow!

The Bear-spirit prize: now this was the hardest to choose. Several of the poems really moved me, so I picked three. The runners up were SL Corsua's vegan bear poems, and Cat Vibert's spiritual piece. SL made me laugh, and Cat made me feel as if I'd walked into something much bigger than I'd bargained for, such as an ancient temple or almost-forgotten rite. Cat and SL, I'd like to send you something, too. Cat, I think I have your contact information. SL, how can I reach you in the mail?

When I read the poems over and over, one author moved me in the way of the bear-spirit more than any other: Rob-Bear! Congratulations, dear Rob-Bear! Your bear in shining fur poem truly gave me goose-bumps (bear-bumps)?

Prize winners, please email me at rachelw at northwestel dot net with your mailing address, and I'll send you a bear gift package.

Congratulations and thanks to all of you! Your poems are wonderful!

9 comments:

Catvibe said...

All of these poems are so wonderful! Love it! And what an honor to be a runner up amongst all of these gems. :-)

Meandering Michael said...

Woohoo!

Rob-bear said...

Bear is shocked! Thank you so much. Bear wonders; how did this happen?

There were sooo many wonderful submissions. It has been a real treat for Bear to read them all, and experience the Bears in them.

Congratulations to Catvibe and S.L. Corsua!

Thanks again!

S.L. Corsua said...

I'm thrilled to make the cut. So, echoing Michael: woohoo! To Rob-bear: I for one am not shocked. Your 'shining fur' poem got my vote, too. Reading it made me go whoa then wow. (See my comment on your blog post about this, Bear. Congratulations!)

Rachel, thank you for sharing these beautiful bear photos, and for the invigorating haiku challenge. I've sent you an email, mentioning a surprise (for the Bear). (grin)

Cheers.

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IS VERY GOOD..............................

Poetikat said...

They were all grrrreat, but I just love that "nom nom nom..." line! That is fabulous!

Kat

Rob-bear said...

The wonderful gifts arrived today, Rachel. Thank you so very much.

There's a post about this on my blog.

RachelW said...

I'm glad the package arrived safely, Rob-Bear!

joaquin carvel said...

this is one of the funnest blog-posts ever. awesome!