Last Makings: Poems by Earle Birney (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1991): 82-83.
PS 8503 I75L38 1991 Robarts Library
3 a cinnamon bearcub 4 curled in a warm ball 5 thinking of honey & berries 6 nuts roots or even 7 grass jelly for supper 8 a sturdy raccoon too 9 with marked eyes 10 & dexterous forepaws 11 very frequent to bathe 12 & a bandit of ice cream 13 who sleeps a lot 14 with one slow hindpaw 15 poking most modestly out 16 or a shy bobcat 17 coloured olive-brown 18 or maybe pale gold 19 with round 20 slipper-fur feet 21 on which she sits very quiet 22 and so thoughtful 23 beside her leafy plants 24 she is sometimes invisible 25 though very much there 27 squirrel as well 28 sinuous & all compact 29 alert & frisky 30 & away & back like a dream 31 & whatever creature 32 she is its peaceful emissary 33 most faithful 34 & most loving Notes 1] A bestiary is a medieval manuscript of animals, real and fabulous. Back to Line
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