once upon a polar bear

Polar bears are facing a bleak future as Arctic icebergs continue to melt and ancient shelfs of ice collapse

once upon a polar bear

once upon a time
i had a cheerful birsong
now a smoldering shadow

children vivaciously skated
up and down the city streets
parents: no worries

riding trains to work, daily
reading, meditating
taking naps

elevator loudspeaker
Spanish guitar melodies
tapped and rapped

poets heartily sang woes of
Elizabethan melancholy
not depression

plates of frozen landscape
dared not melt
into the dirty ocean


Written for:

Poetics – once upon a time

Also written for:

I have a little shadow –  Prompt # 149

Photo credit: Life Preservers for Polar Bears On Sinking Arctic Ice | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on March 18, 2012, in Animal, Carry On Tuesday, D’verse Poets Pub, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. ah, those were the days…and my how they have changed eh? the first stanza seems to say the opposite of the other stanzas….

  2. It’s all changing so rapidly now too and it’s such a shame it wasn’t just a fairy tale too.

  3. wow you did rewrite the whole thing, added a bit of complexity to it now as well…

  4. Sad…

  5. Don’t seem to be the days any more, as we royal screw up their and our shore.

  6. The image of the dirty ocean is a sad one ~ Those were the days ~

  7. Oh this is one important topic. Well done,. kiddo! I so worry about the polar bears – and also the rest of us, if all the ice melts. Yikes!

  8. I reckon we can do without all the negative change. If only we could wish it away. Beautiful poem Zongrik.

  9. lovely weave (but sad). K.

  10. yep…there was a lot of melting those last couple of years…and not just of the ice plates..i like your glimpse into the everyday past as well…love me some spanish guitar tunes…

  11. once upon a time they DARED NOT! wonderful phrasing though the changes wrought make for a much sadder world ~ you’ve captured the fairy tale “feel” so well!

  12. there were such days… Beautifully written!
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Unfortunately, I’ve never been to Vietnam.
    Best, M.

  13. ’tis too sad, I only hope we underestimate their adaptability..

  14. Such a great illustration of all that’s changed in this world. I’d have to agree that it’s not been a positive change either. Life is and I almost feel is made to be complicated these days. Truly took a literal take on the Once upon a time theme, was very refreshing. Great job. Thanks

  15. Today’s misery is someone’s good old days!

  16. I studied environmental science in school, this still breaks my heart. Species extinction is occuring at the fastest rate in history and yet we seem to need a louder wake up call.

  17. “plates of frozen landscape
    dared not melt
    into the dirty ocean,”

    Striking last stanza to close with, great choice. And I agree with Anna above, heartbreaking. Great poem!

  18. very good poem and a great picture,i hear they`re loosing their fur too.:(

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