Poor Little Bear by Kristin Garth

Kristin Garth, Poetry

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist.  Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 20 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), and Girlarium (Fahmidan Journal).  She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com

Poor Little Bear 

after Midsommar and Poor Little Bear

a print above Dani’s bed by the Swedish

painter John Bauer

Before familicide, Midsommar, death 

kept close at hand as Ativan, you 

repose, lips primrose, exhaling baby’s breath 

below bear, princess a Swedish artist drew.

The beast of death his own eyes peered young 

into, at 36, he picks a boat trip,

abstains from the dangers of the train.  Lungs 

of lake water slay him, his wife and son, flipped 

by excessive weight of freight, 1918. 

Did you know this when you looked at them?

The kiss of death proffered by a tiny queen 

upon the muzzle of a death machine seems

as much nightmare as a fairytale —

as is a life in which none of us prevails.