Little Bear

by Bryan Thao Worra

If they skin you,
Will they find a tiny man
With eyes the color of stars

Or a paw, fury and crimson
Fierce jaw yearning
For some cosmic salmon

Longing to scamper
Across the great latitudes of night
Against the axis of a mother's boundaries
Before winter arrives in the heavens

Moaning to forgotten gods
A child, watching Sirius from afar

Daydreaming of the man daydreaming of you

From his basement
As he discovers a distended Orion telescope
During spring cleaning:

Memories awake,
                               stretching with a hungry yawn

Copyright © 2003, Bryan Thao Worra
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A Laotian American poet, Bryan Thao Worra's work has appeared in Unarmed, Urban Pioneer, Whistling Shade, the Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, Paj Ntaub Voice, and Bamboo Among the Oaks. He currently resides in St. Paul, MN.

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