Poem for Children


Carved by Pudalik Shaa


Poem for Children

Bear Walks


Like a cake the world is frosted

                              with snow and ice.

Polar bears walks across its top

                              wearing furry sandals,

placing each rear paw in the precise spot

                              its front paw made,

leaving perfect spaces in which to place

                              the birthday candles.





Behind the Poem

This is one of many poems I've written about Inuit bear sculptures. I love the respect the artists have for each bear they carve.  This particuilar carving, by Pudalik Shaa, spoke to me because of the precise placement of the bear's paws, the two right-side paws mirroring one another, the two left-side paws doing the same.   — Bg