The bear that saw the world seeing
by Sean Lause
Once there was a bear
in City Park, in a ten-by-
ten-foot cage, pacing
time to eternity.
Little boys mocked it, teased it,
pelted it with snowballs.
It watched them all alone,
and its vision came with bars attached.
Then one day, many years on,
it finally saw the truth: The world
is the prison, the cage only our eyes.
We are inside-looking-out, thinking we are free.
Those boys were trapped in time,
and now the bear is patterned in the stars.