Award-winning author, Suzanne Burke, presents photo prompts encouraging and inviting anyone to write a short story, one-liner, or poem inspired by the photo. Here is my Tanka poem inspired by this charming photo.
THE MAGICAL TEDDY BEAR HOW SOON WILL HE COME? WHEN WILL I SEE HIM AGAIN? HE LEFT IN A RUSH ON A STRETCHER WITH DOCTORS SURROUNDING HIS FRAIL BODY. HE CRIED OUT MY NAME BUT THEY SAID "NO BEARS ALLOWED" I CALLED OUT HIS NAME IN MY MAGICAL METHOD THAT ONLY HE AND I KNEW. SITTING BY THE FIRE EACH NIGHT I WAITED FOR HIM PRAYING FOR HEALING OF MY DEAR FRIEND WHO I LOVE AND IN RETURN LOVES ME TOO. AT LAST HE RETURNS WRAPPING HIS ARMS AROUND ME HIS BODY IS THIN BUT OUR LOVE WILL HELP IT HEAL THE SAME AS IT HAS EACH YEAR. I’M NOT JUST A BEAR MY STUFFING IS MAGICAL I CAN HEAR AND SPEAK ONLY WITH MY YOUNG OWNER WHO I WILL LOVE FOREVER.
Like many children, I had a Teddy bear which I played with, dragged around, and shared my secrets. He was cuddly, never judging, and always there. This poem is in honor of my Teddy and all the other Teddy bears who have brought joy and comfort to children around the world.
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