“The best way of being kind to bears is not to be very close to them” ―Margaret Atwood
Ballet on canvas
Be cautious of bears at all times, even when being mauled by a tiger ―Craig Benzine
A man screaming is not a dancing bear ―Aime Cesaire
All of the authoritative books on bears seem to agree on one thing: if you’re close enough to a bear to cause it to change its activity pattern, you’re too close, and in possible danger ―Dennis R. Blanchard
The waltzing snowflakes
Science considers bears to be solitary animals. But while bears don’t live in established groups or obey rigid hierarchies as chimps and wolves do, they have amazingly complex social relationships ―Benjamin Kilham
Charming toy soldiers
Aggression in bears can be and often is a stepping stone to friendship. Friendship and alliances frequently develop by repeated interactions, with initial aggression that lessens over time ―Benjamin Kilham
Beauty’s sleeping dream
The gypsies believe the bear to be a brother to man because he has the same body beneath his hide, because he drinks beer, because he enjoys music and because he likes to dance ―Ernest Hemingway
The flip side
Waltz of the Flowers
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world —Voltaire
To the end of war
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy ―Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Tchaikovsky was a wise man.
Takes one to know one. 🙂
I’ve gotta ask… how long does it take you guys to actually put one of these posts together? It seems like a ton of work, given the high quality!
The clock obtains only if you work for wages. 🙂
“A happy man does not hear the clock strike.” –German Proverb
You did such a lovely job of braiding bears, with current events and dance. How do you make these creative leaps!?! I particularly liked your poem, “Peace breaking / The waltzing snowflakes / Cossack kicks” to be followed by the hopeful quote from Kilham about aggression in bears being a stepping stone to friendship. So hope that can happen, and soon.
Thank you, LuAnne, I think the “creative leaps” are made by the dancers in the pictures, and the metaphors in the poetry are “braided” by imagination. Amen to your hope for a prompt taming of a bellicose bear, maybe aided by Tchaikovsky and the Bolshoi, like prayer flags dancing in a beautiful mind. 🙂