Poems of the Week

Enter, Pursuing A Bear

by Julia Griffin

“Teenage Girl Fights Off Bear to Rescue Dogs”

A bear’s been toppled from a fence!—
An unforeseen experience,
Much more impressive than it sounds:
The toppler weighed some hundred pounds,
The bear some thousand (I expect).
But there were young ones to protect!
The human heroine rushed up,
Lunged out, and grabbed one cherished pup,
Two others running in her wake.
That bear had made a big mistake
In failing here to recognize
What YouTube proves to all our eyes,
A fact which should both cheer and scare:
Not every Mama Bear’s a bear.