a stiff neck and a few hours of sleep

bear is brown
in the waiting

bear is blonde
on the hillside.

bear is black
in the river.

bear is ochre
in the rising

bear is indigo
in the pale of

brother bear,
hidden from
our pink need.

sister bear,
quiet to keep
from our gunmetal

slick with
slime and
the human
glows soft
and hairless.

the human
does not
remember itself
as family.

the round planet
gives to us
all our color.
gives to us
and allows us
to think we take.

a high alpine, low bush blueberry gleams in the Fall sun. its flesh, deep indigo streaked with pale bllue. its stalk, a brilliant creamy pink-red

Published by Zak

an intertidal island in an ocean of impermanence.

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