Polar Bear (After Selima Hill)

April 7, 2009

I want to be a bear:

a dense white house of a Polar Bear –
hunkered down on an icy lake,
with my back
like a carpet coated snowed on roof
and my paws –
folded underneath my ball
of a head.

I want to think of fish
and seals
and where to find
the thinnest panes
of ice.

I want to be a Polar Bear
that does not think
of emails –

or spreadsheets,
or diaries,
or applications
to various charitable bodies.

A Polar Bear
with a large black nose
like a bowl of tar
and half closed eyes
and no fingers
to type with.

I want to be a Polar Bear
that will never need clothes
but always feel warm.

I want my fur to stink
of sweat and musk
and blood and the north

and for it to be thick
and long and coarse
and for Immac –
to be irrelevant.

I want to be a Polar Bear
with black rubber skin
and a weight problem –
that is not
a weight problem;
heavier than a four by four and
capable of crushing cars.

I want to be a Polar Bear
that can run faster
than an Olympic Sprinter,
that will show up late
at the London Olympics
and savage
all of the contestants –
and destroy the podium
and smother the flame
and who the army
won’t be able to contain
or put down
for rampaging.

I want to be a Polar Bear

I want to weigh 1000 pounds
and be eleven feet tall

I want to speak in the language
of blood and snow
and guts and storms.

I want to be a bear
and not to care
about the 7 signs
of cosmetic aging.

I want to be a Polar Bear.
I don’t want to type emails.
I want to have webbed feet.

One Response to “Polar Bear (After Selima Hill)”

  1. Rod Duncan said

    I love this poem.

    🙂

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