Halogen Bear

I listened to my helplessness,
She wanted help from me,

She cannot, does not, will not share,

Bear, that part of hers,
Which kneels for no one
Save the imagined sight
Of sea 
Spread beneath the storm,

Cleaved from the sky --
The horizon unveils a city
Responding to the nighttime’s starred body
That, alone, makes her cry

I have lived days as dense as the sun
For a split second of salt relief, kilometers condensed into one swell,
One whip of wet hair,
The beach-goers unaware
That she’s accompanied me every sweet and sullen step of the way
That it is she who harvested the evening yellow, the orange
Dust, the olive trees, the minute’s lust

Bear paw, awe!
Bear paw, awe!
Halogen Bear, my constellation,
My steadfast salt-producing 
I am my own (together-starred body)
I will always be free

Published by Johanne Boulat

Johanne Boulat was born in French-speaking Switzerland, where she lives again now, but she grew up under the resplendent California sun. For 21 years she basked in the spirit of the Wilderness, which she discovered on hiking as well as literary paths. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis in 2012 and since then has worked as a scientific field aid, a translator, a sales specialist, and a running coach. In 2018, she completed her master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She now teaches English and Science at a local elementary school and dedicates her free time to the three “R”s: Running, Reading, and Writing.

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