She sits on the frozen snow. Her nose twitches as she surveys the ice floes ahead. Beside her the mewing toddler is crying for more milk. She knows that she will have to kill soon after her long hibernation. In her icy den she successfully gave birth to one cub who at three months is becoming more and more demanding of food. But then she spots a dark shape lying on one of the numerous floating ice blocks , a seal snoozing in the Arctic sunshine. Motioning the cub to sit quietly the huge white bear slips into the freezing waters and with just her nose above the water gently swims towards her prey causing hardly a ripple. This is the opportunity she has been waiting for. On such a calm morning the ambush will be difficult but desperation favours the bold and the large seal will satisfy her and her cub’s hunger for many days. Judging her moment she risks one glance above the waves, the snoozing seal, oblivious to the danger, lazily draws a flipper across her itching nose but suspects nothing. A few more short strokes and the bear launches her attack, the ice floe rocks and sways and she manages to grip the seal by her fat-lined neck. The struggle is fierce but eventually the b ear drags the exhausted seal into the water and returns with the bloodied, limp carcass to the patient, hungry cub waiting on the icy shore.
Hunger drives her on
across the desolate ice
6 responses to “COLLEEN’S WEEKLY TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 61 – “STARK & TRAP” #Haibun”
Ooooo. Good tale!
Something a polar bear doesn’t have
What a good character depiction of desperation. I fear for all the endangered animals. Your Senryu was perfect at the end. ❤
I was rooting for the polar bear because of your empathetic description. Wonderfully written, Bob. ❤
Very well narrated. Its amazing to think such huge creatures have stealth. It’s all about survival, right.
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