A gradual canticle for Ranka Lee

The thinnest bear is awakened in the winter
by the sleep-laughter of locusts,
by the dream-blustering of bees,
by the honeyed scent of desert sands
that the wind carries in her womb
into the distant hills, into the houses of Cedar.

The bear has heard a sure promise.
Certain words are edible; they nourish
more than snow heaped upon silver plates
or ice overflowing golden bowls. Chips of ice
from the mouth of a lover are not always better,
Nor a desert dreaming always a mirage.
The rising bear sings a gradual canticle
woven of sand that conquers cities
by a slow cycle. Her praise seduces
a passing wind, traveling to the sea
wherein a fish, caught in a careful net,
bears a bear’s song in the cool-scented snow.

—Tabitha King


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3 Responses to A gradual canticle for Ranka Lee

  1. Kitsune says:

    I like that picture 🙂 Do you know who is the artist?

  2. Kitsune says:

    I see. They even have Kuran picture there 🙂 That Pixiv website looks similar to Deviant Art in a way.

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