Tony Peyser: Two Friends, One Bear

Richard and Sharon have a place in the Sierras
Here in the Golden State.
They recently had a story about a bear which
They felt compelled to relate.

It broke in and made an enormous mess:
Its manners were definitely crude
As it went through every square inch of
Their cabin in its search for food.

They knew events like this were possible.
That’s the roll that the dice takes
But what was completely unexpected was
The bear ignored their rice cakes.

Does the bear know something that we don’–
Was it perhaps retreating
From these “healthy” snacks because they aren’t
Things we should be eating?

Whenever the animal kingdom talks, listen:
They may offer helpful tips.
Since that day, my two old friends haven’t
Let a rice cake near their lips.