February's Coffee with the Poet features Pat Riviere-Seel, a friend who graced my poetry class in the Great Smokies Writing Workshop several years ago. Pat has become a vibrant presence in our North Carolina Literary community, offer her talents and her time to her readers and the literary organizations that help draw us all together. Please join us at City Lights Bookstore on Feb. 16 at 10:30 to meet Pat and listen to her read and talk about her work. Our gatherings are always informal and, yes, fun. Afterward, I highly recommend lunch downstairs at City Lights Cafe!
Here is a poem of hers that I love. You can find more on her website by clicking on the link above.
The bears returned last night.
The mother and her three cubs
slept in the mound of leaves.
They left deep indentations
where summer-sated bellies
A snowy evening last winter.
and massive paws lay curled
beneath the maple’s outstretched limbs
and the quarter moon’s pale light.
All day, while I raked leaves into piles,
the bears were watching. They moved
silent and unseen among evergreens,
gray trunks, and branches as they had
all summer. Preparing for winter sleep,
they stuffed themselves on acorns and grubs.
One late summer day they came into
the orchard. The cubs shimmied
up the young apple trees, bent
one bough to the ground and broke
another in their play. The mother
took her time selecting fallen apples,
and those she could reach balanced
on her hind legs. She carried these
one by one to her cubs, gently
urged them to taste and chew.
She knows how long winter lasts.