The bears are working

Shweta Narayan

While you dream, the bears are working.
Snowbear paints your inner glade;
Stormbear roars the monsters, lurking
deep in Treebear shade.

When you run from claws and shadows,
raise the drawbridge, shut the keep,
Leafbear rustles shushing murmurs
till you dream of sleep.

While you dream, and dream of dreaming,
Stonebear melts your walls away.
Starbear limns the moondark self
you cower from by day.

Shweta Narayan says: My work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Coyote Wild, The Journal of Mythic Arts, and The Beastly Bride anthology (ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling). I attended Clarion 2007, for which I received the Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship.

And hm, favourite fruit? That's as hard a question as favourite author. I don't suppose you'd accept my favourite twenty?

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