Old Story

by Tim Myers

Winter has blown down from the north
this starry hunt:

hunters and
proud; the Sky-bear,
a grizzly in dizzy circles.

All the men of the tribe together
slew the Bear
(little Alcor a fire-pot
in which to cook the meat).

The soul of the Bear, however,
visible over snow.

The hunters? They fall sadly.

White winter; this new Bear
lies sleeping.

Copyright © 1996, Tim Myers
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Tim Myers won a national poetry contest judged by John Updike, has published over 100 poems (Southern Humanities Review, MacGuffin, Green Fuse, ELF, national anthologies), and has a chapbook coming out from Pecan Grove Press. His children's book Basho and the Fox was read on NPR, made the New York Times bestseller list for children's books, and was honored by Smithsonian Magazine, The Children's Book Council, and Bank Street College. He has three new children's books coming out. He teaches at Santa Clara University in the Bay Area.

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