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This is my second for four entries for LJ Idol Season 10 (therealljidol) Break Week. This one is on the topic "Sang-froid."






Birthing a Cub
(a contemplation of the word "sang-froid")

'You are a lion,' Mom uttered, in my 50th
hour of labor. I should have corrected her:
a bear. Muscled mama, teeth set in a growl.

Like her father, coal mine's first responder,
rushing to the crushed and maimed. Too often
waiting with a body for the undertaker.

I'd like to think I'm strong like that. And strong
like her mother, who raised her young siblings
after great-grandmother Hinkle's breath stopped.

An ursine family, determined if clunky.
Padding from Revolution to Depression,
sniffing the air. Pausing to lap a brook, snare a fish:
always listening, claws at the ready.

- January 1, 2017

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fannishliss
Jan. 1st, 2017 09:10 pm (UTC)
great poem! I love the imagery of the bear.
alycewilson
Jan. 1st, 2017 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The bear is my spirit animal, and I believe the Bear guides my husband and son, as well. Who knows? Maybe previous members of my family, too! A small man, my Pop-pop still walked rather like a bear. :)
roina_arwen
Jan. 2nd, 2017 04:52 pm (UTC)
Love the bear imagery. I think the only line that made me pause was "the mine's first responder" - it took a few seconds to realize you meant "coal mine" or something of that sort. Otherwise, I really loved this!
alycewilson
Jan. 2nd, 2017 05:20 pm (UTC)
Good point! That's when it helps to have an outside reader. Since it's before the deadline, I think I'll chance it from "the mine" to "coal mine" to keep it clear.

Glad you liked it. Bears rule.
roina_arwen
Jan. 2nd, 2017 06:58 pm (UTC)
I married a Teddy, and my great aunt was a Baehr, lol!
alycewilson
Jan. 2nd, 2017 11:16 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! You are making me wonder why I haven't created myself a bear icon besides the mama panda.
roina_arwen
Jan. 2nd, 2017 11:23 pm (UTC)
I need to renew one of my extra icon packages!
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