you posed like a toothless grizzly

in the presence of your adversary

your lover turned enemy

pawing and clamoring at you

chaining and taming you

making you a pet

and grateful for your encagement

to bare another cub

to cast another line

to be known

to redefine

the scale is obstinate and mulish

keep dreaming, Momma Bear

frame your snapshots with cursive love

may your choice be truly yours

as i yearn to err in my whereof

(your flame knows, your flame knows)