There is a bear walking in the woods
tonight around my house,
Or so the neighbors tell me.
Looking for a kind of food.
I feel his need,
His relentless need,
To eat, to survive, to find.
He should be in a den covered with snow
But the winter is long delayed.
So he rambles in the woods tonight
And I hesitate to walk the path I usually
But then I do.
I notice the woods feel more alive now.
I am more alive.
I notice every sound
And search for any movement.
I think of nothing else than this.
A bear is walking in the woods tonight
And I am walking too,
Hungry to stay alive,
Delaying winter, staying awake.