for Bernadette

trembling little female bear
burning pigeon-toed little girl bear
paws cupped--an inverted prayer
a casual mudra held at the crotch

i always stand watching door closing
kiss my forehead--my cheek
see my hand brushing your hair from your face
stroking hair fur fuzzy halo

such a pretty little bear big girl man woman
such a pretty one with such violent thoughts

such a pretty momma bear poppa's going
such a way with words and women
such a way with big bear hugs
beer brewing up blood and sex
fire red faced bear in constant agitation
i hold your hand for strength