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I Met a Bear

August 25, 2011
Dancing Bears rug by Jan Hague
Dancing Bears, adapted and hooked by my mom; Jan Hague

For my bear…

I Met a Bear, My favorite song,
For each road trip, Sang all day long.

Repeat after me, Is how it starts,
Ten verses long, But missing parts.

For all I knew, Was the first half,
It stopped at ain’t, Boy did we laugh.

I always hoped, I always asked,
But no one knew, The other half.

Twenty years past, Without a clue,
That great big bear, Was never there.

One fine day, I moved back east,
A faded memory, Was that beast.

Until there came, A sailing boat,
On it a man, My heart did float.

He looked at me, I looked at him,
He sized up me, I sized up him.

He said to me, “Why don’t you come,
To my cabin, We’ll have great fun?!”

So then I did, By a fire we sat,
Singing camp songs, All back to back.

To my surprise, To my chagrin,
He knew more songs, Then I did him.

And then it happened, My heart but stopped,
His next song, Had a familiar start.

So then he said, Repeat after me,
I spilt my tea, Could it be?

He started to sing, I waited perched,
Did he actually know, The rest of the verse?

He did he did, My eyes welled up,
Finally I learned, Where that bear ended up.

This is the end, There ain’t no more,
Until I meet that bear once more.

And so I met, That bear once more,
Now he sleeps, On my living room floor.

Adapted from “I Met a Bear” camp song – written for the special bear in my life.  xoxo

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy permalink
    September 4, 2011 8:16 pm

    Ha ha…I love your poem. How many times were we fully in the throes of singing that song and have to abort mission halfway to Sicamous in favour of “one bottle of pop”?
    I am so glad that you finally hooked up with your soul mate…he is the fish to your chips!

  2. September 5, 2011 10:49 am

    Soooo much fun! Man I miss those wicked Rocky Mountain road trips.

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