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by richard lloyd cederberg
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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Ekphrastic poetry - concerning two unorthodox friends

When i feel drawn
to your inwardness,
to know what is hidden
in your fierce mortality, you
become assailable to me
as if to say: “You

never notice me,
i steal along in silence
and long to find your hand, to
spread your fingers, and draw myself
there; so that you could always hold me,
but i have nothing left to prove to you dog,
and i am weary of killing to survive.
i want to repose here in the snow
and ruminate on the dreariness
of living in a world of white …”

“Ah, but remember,” dog said,
“the sky is blue and water too,
and i’ve always felt respect for you,
no matter how you tear and scare;
i just can’t help but care when you act,
so, well, affectionate…”

“I know, i know,” bear replied,
“i’m so endearing lying here and no
one’s fearing what my savageness might
do if suddenly i come unglued and rise up on
my mighty haunch and roar and spit and tear and
scare and eat the flesh of seals and ALL THOSE

“Yes … yes … i’m thankful for you
being this way,” dog sighed, “and would
it be ok to ask, that when your highness seems
so cool, so relaxed, and bemused; might it be my
awesome personality that’s, perhaps, made you this way? –
i mean, would it be presumptuous of me to really know
why you’re lying there so adorably unassuming?”

“Ohh, it’s not that i’m not who i am,
so vulnerable upon this bed of snow;
i’m a magnificent carnivore you know-
or, if you care to be less formal dog,
‘yo polar bear’ is cool cause i’m
tired and wanna snooze …”

“I don’t mind, but
i want you to know
that this isn’t normal
what we’re doing here,
to be so still and loveable
without enkindling fear,
to be so close and trusting
seems quite bizarre to me,
instead of running for my life
we could be sharing tea …”

“A FINE IDEA DOG;” bear yawned,
”i prefer oolong with nutmeg and lemon …”

richard lloyd cederberg

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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 10/31/2011
Imaginative, Richard, and a departure from your norm. I like your playfulness in this piece, and I think this is a great argument for opposites attract. Enjoyed. Love and hugs,
Reviewed by Janna Hill 10/15/2011
What an endearing little tale. I found it entertaining.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 10/14/2011
Charming in a sophistocated way, and hopeful!
Me too, love it ~
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 10/13/2011
Richard, bravo. Your imagination appears to be unlimited. And
I too love it. -gene.
Reviewed by jude forese 10/13/2011
a most alluring, unique and entertaining poem ... enjoyed immensely ...
Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/13/2011
i love this romance and, for me at least,
it is romance as valid as any even if it is
'different' (a la Lear) and probably won't last long,
but there is a certain understanding as well as
a delightful curiosity...and a delight, of course,
in your wonderful writing, Richard.
i love this!

Reviewed by Liana Margiva 10/13/2011
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TALENTED!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS VERY-VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Shawn Field 10/12/2011
Richard, this is a truly great piece. I was completely pulled in by an odd tale between oddly matched friends, the Alive dialogue!, and the ending . . . . really - a perfect ending. Jealous I didn't think of it myself. Thanks.
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 10/12/2011
oolong and nutmeg! Wow! that's survivAL LIVING in the wilds. ha!
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 10/12/2011
nutmeg?...really?....I'm all over that......I'm trying it!

oh, the poem is so very cute! describes a few working relationships I've witnessed. Excellent. Fun. MM
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 10/12/2011
The tea sounds great but I cannot find one word in my on-line dictionary & that word would be: you got me going to the Wikipedia site too...boy you sure make reading you regularly hard work...;-) ed

Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 10/12/2011
Just what an old bear needed to hear.
Now run along
before I snatch your head
and pinch off your ears.

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