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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Brian Beatty

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Modern Bear

If I'm part-bear, it's that part
left in the den after hibernation:
the snore rather than
the growl. The torpor, not the attack.

Maybe I'm what bears dream.
Life as a salmon migrating upstream to spawn
or as a twig of wild berries

would be an improvement most days. At first,
anyway. Mother Nature can be a bitch.

But I'm still her bastard son.