How to survive a bear attack
Contact the park warden
if you suspect any suspicious activity.
To become visible is
to become vulnerable.
Close yourself off.
Carry something sharp.
Do not take one goddamn step off the trail.
when you are attacked
(and you will be attacked), to assume the attack is predatory,
to assume he will fight until death.
when you’re asleep beside your lover,
when he grabs your wrists,
tightens his grip and
forces you against your will,
Do not act like prey.
Do not act like a victim.
This poem first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Bywords