Bear Dreams
by Kenneth Hada

Dark silent perplexing bears enter my dreams
appearing out of the shadows in hunter green
forests as late afternoon sunlight slants through
upright firs and pines onto a rich brown path I
follow deep into a mysterious woods. Sometimes
I watch them from a cautious distance, shaking
with fear in the underbrush. Sometimes I shoot
at them, always missing the vitals, inciting
their vicious attack. I flee in terror yet all
the while marveling at their power, always aware
of their difference and my vulnerability, always
amazed by their secret existence I stumble across.

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