(photo courtesy J. Uren)

(a shadorma)

swimming bear
barely noticing
cold water
on bare skin
she is unbearably cute
as she’s swimming bare

P. Wanken

Written for Poetic Asides 2012 PAD Challenge Day 26: write an “animal” poem.

This post marks my 500th blog post!


  1. Wooohooo! Congrats on your 500th post! I hit mine just yesterday! 🙂 We’re “500 Sisters.”
    The play on words. The image. Polar bears are my absolute favorite, at Sea World. I can’t stop watching them. LOVE this.


    1. Yay for you, too, De!! 🙂 Together we’re batting a thousand! 😉

      Thanks for your feedback on this poem. I’d been saving this picture to use when the mood struck…and what better time than an “animal” poem. I went round-and-round about what to write…and of course, the shadorma swam its way into play. 😉 My favorite zoo animal is the polar bear. Unfortunately we don’t have any here in San Antonio. So…every now and then I go to the San Diego Zoo Polar Bear webcam.
      <— there's a link over there somewhere


  2. Love this too! Congrats too! I probably have a couple hunnerd posts spread across different sites, but 500? Woo!


    1. 🙂 Thank you, Sara. Polar bears are my favorite zoo animal…I’d been holding onto this picture for a while, now, waiting for the right words to put with it. Glad it made you smile.


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