Why bear?

By Nicholas Hooper

Bear, why bear?
They do not talk
These solemn cuddly toys
Not toys, you say
So crossly in defence
But loved by girls and boys

They come in sizes
Colours, weights
And widths but fur
Must always be
The meaning
Why they occur

In bedrooms, halls
And sitting rooms
With watching glassy eyes
Or round a corner
In the shadows
Take you by surprise

More numerous
Than monkey
Zebra, rat, or duck
Lose one, he
Will cause you
Pain and lack of luck

So why bear?
He’s just here
And that is that.
Would you rather
He was dog or cat?




About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper