Wednesday, June 23, 2010

One more week-- bear haiku challenge!

We're on the road.... The cubs and I will be back soon, and I'm looking forward to reading your bear poems!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bear haiku challenge! -Prizes!

These beautiful bears greeted us as we travelled down the Atlin Road last week. To paraphrase my fellow blogger Rob-Bear, if elves can have haiku, then why not bears?

Here is my challenge to you: craft a bear haiku, and post it in the comments. Other styles of bear poetry are welcome, too. No rush-- I'll leave the challenge open until July 1.
I'll compile all the bear poetry and send a small bear-gift to two participants: a randomly drawn name, and the author of my very favourite bear poem (the latter being completely subject to my personal taste, and the skill with which you have evoked the bear's spirit for me).
Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

If the dust runs through

If the dust runs through on a lonely wind
and the dance of the down
on the back of your hand weaves a shiver,
the gods are grumbling now,
trembling shake as they wake
disturbed by the mountain’s tale
of a low, slow groaning whisper

If the wind skirts round
through anemic trees, leaves brown
rattle-rattling their dry lament
dissipated as a long-ago kiss,
pale mouth shale and withered
then you’ll see why I’ve gone
why I’ve left you here, tumbled down

Rachel Westfall
June 8, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Elven haiku

Winding through night’s path
silver thread, thin, hung with dew
ancient song's refrain

Rachel Westfall
June 1, 2010

And why should elves not have haiku?