By Mike Bell
Once, a Raven came, the Old One
His Carboniferous spell broken a second later
By the jealous Hoody gang
And once, in far off boyhood times
A Wood White danced in dappled shade in Tring Park.
The first seen in the county since the War
Once I gave my heart to a terrier to tear
Fierce, burning oh so brightly
He learned me of Love and Loss
And then once, once for Mum and once for Dad
I stood up in a Somerset village church
And spoke of life’s thread that endures
Once, on a Kodiak wilderness trail
I did not meet the great bear
Though he was there
But once, oh once and forever!
Love came and roused my hibernating soul
Not a tame bear. Each day a wild discovery
As smallbear dances, she sings…”Free your mind, and your ass will follow”.