Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Wilderness Within by Barbara Spring

Bear Woman
The grizzly terrified us at first—
pacing the driveway with her three cubs,
battering at our front door.
She terrifies you now;
you can see her in my eyes.
So I’ve trained her as Gypsies do:
I beat a tambourine,
force her to walk on hot embers.
She rises,
lifts one hind foot,
then the other.
She dances to my tambourine.

                                     ---excerpt from
The Wilderness Within

This book is available at,, The Bookman in Grand Haven and many other stores


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