Poem: “The Bigfoot Bear”

February 10, 2016

For the past few years, I have been intensely studying what I call “The Bigfoot Bear”—that is, any bear, especially if standing and even walking upright, that may be mistaken for a Bigfoot. Here I offer a poem on that subject (rather than an investigative report). It is written in a style I have developed, that I call improvisational rhyming. It is perhaps best appreciated when read aloud.


Over 
the Adirondack's 
scattered 
litter 
of oaks 
& pines, deer 
scramble, 
a bear 
ambles 
from rocky 
nook, 
&, not angry 
but wary, 
hungry, 
rears 
on hind 
legs, stands 
to look 
& sniff the air. 
But there, 
intruders 
lurk, 
watch 
for Sasquatch 
to stumble 
from his fabled 
lair, 
now see him stare 
back, 
& huff 
before 
he turns—
bear-
like—
to ramble 
off. 
—Joe Nickell 2013
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