In The House Of Bear

Holy Bear Shapes the World

In the bear house

You forget your name

Returning to infant memory

Oceanic sound salmon undulates

Swollen river tongue

Of hive, hunting winds and antlers

Of living inside the earth

Incubating your primal self

Dream of rolling in sunlit lupine

Berry smeared sniffing

For the scurry and honey

The speech of rogue fires

Smoke from the crackling deep womb

Of the life and death mother

Big boned ramble to herd the cubs

A life well traveled

Inside the fur of another

Vowels the sound of tree roots growing

Sped up and recorded

Sapling whip back in passing

Is the consonant breathing

Ribs of a viking boat

Heart in Valhalla

Bear’s raven bears the crazy news

Breaking pines

A hunger that won’t relax

Ghost people eating all the flowers

Coyote and wolf retreat into petroglyphs

Damp cave walls

A musky smell

Covers the ancient tracks

To Ursa Major

I’m a myth now

She thinks and laughs

A star-studded –

Telescopic tethered –

Circus bear –

Mud matted starlight

Recycles herself

Penetrates our souls and dreams in

Iron Carbon helium

Hydrogen oxygen

Breathe her light

In the darkness


Foraging For The Light


Between these aging words

Try gathering energy

From a forest that has disappeared

Keep whittling down

Your threadbare thoughts

Into the earth weep


River coursing erratic platelets

Demanding cracks in our stone truth

In the pores of her voice

The rain keeps raining

Distilling music out of silence


Between these margins of empty time

Nebulous cloud distractions

Underworld time deposits

Pumiced stars in the bird spell

The bird in us might erase its trail


Or swim the umbilical back to our mother

Back to her mother and her mothers mother

Without cloud or whirlwind in our stories

On the path to song in the bear silence

In the bear silence in the fur

Foraging for the light

Beneath our feet and claws

Risen Inside our heart

Where it weeps sighs and sings