POETRY: STEVE HOOD – URSA MAJOR

Ursa Major

 

Bear gallbladder bile, used

in Chinese traditional

medicine, must be

extracted.

 

Crushed in a tiny cage,

permanent hole in the gut

to drain bile slowly

into bottles.

 

Black fur, spirit

of the mountains roam

for years without seeing

any humans.

 

One mother broke free,

smothered her crying cub, ran

headlong into a wall

and died.

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