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Greedy Bear

A poem by Beverly Stock.

© Elena Lipko |

There was a bear of manners rough,

Who could take bee hives well enough.

He lived by plundered honey combs,

And raided other creatures’ homes.

Success had puffed him with conceit:

He boasted daily of some feat.

In arrogance right uncontrolled,

He grew pragmatic and very bold.

He grew dictator in his mood,

And seized on spoils he thought good;

From chickens, rising by degrees,

Including the local butcher’s fees!

After watching his neighbors by some rocks,

He took some food from a fox.

All creatures condemned him, and all would stare,

All alone was the greedy bear.

My rhyme is mixed with James McIntyre’s poem “Bear and Whale” in the public domain.


Beverly Stock is an American poet who delights in creating poetry that asks big questions about small moments, and inspires readers to revisit the little memories we so often overlook. Her work has been published by The Society of Classical Poets, The Chained Muse, Persimmon Tree, and LightenUp Online, in the UK. Visit and BeverlyStockPoetry on Facebook.

Greedy Bear

© 2022 Beverly Stock

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