Grizzly Encounter: One Voice Too Many

Today’s Post Topic: Counting Voices A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

Grizzly Encounter: One Voice Too Many

We were on a break

when you first appeared

with your big brown head.

Some were sitting on the fallen log

talking about their lives:

the dog, the kids, back home,

not here.


The conversation was not based

on the sulfur green lake

or the smell of the forest.

We only paid slight attention

to the sound of the bugling elk.

How romantic

as we bantered on.


Then from the shadows

I saw you move.

And every voice in the forest

was one voice too many.


Your ear is missing

and your face is scarred.

I recognize you:

that big, old bear.

You don’t recognize me.

You don’t care.


Long claws hit the

soft rock on the trail.

And now everyone

is aware.

You walk closer

and we back away.

And then you’re gone.


Everything is quiet



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