Bear Days


By Sandra Arnold

I remember the day you said you’d had enough
You asked what sound a bear makes when it’s stung by a bee
I said I didn’t know
You laughed and said but you know everything
If that were true I’d know
You were in the sound of stags roaring in Autumn
In cantering horses on moonless nights
In star-slicked skies and wind in the trees
In the smell of hay and oiled saddles
In abandoned lambs waiting in ditches
And the newly planted rowan overlooking the Plains
Because you said when you saw the mountains you’d know you were home

Sandra Arnold is a Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions nominee. Her novel, Ash, is forthcoming from Makaro Press (NZ) in 2019, and her flash fiction collection, Soul Etchings, is forthcoming from Retreat West Books (UK) in 2019.

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