"A Sleuth of Bears" by J. Archer Avary


immerse yourself in

savage mental imagery:

debonaire bears

in bowler hats

in trench-coats

monocles dangling from pockets

dignified bears

in polite society

at cocktail parties

plates of salmon pate hors d'oeuvres

passed by tuxedoed panda bears

demure bears

with decorative umbrellas

with surprisingly fresh breath

elegant dancing bears

damned fancy bears

with stock portfolios

with Ivy League aspirations

the all-time greatest bears

assembled for the first time

in one epic sleuth of

sleuthy bears

toothy bears

rootin-tootin good-timing bears

fat gluttonous bears

whiskey-drinking bears

intoxicated bears on the edge

one drink away from hibernation


J. Archer Avary (he/him) is a former TV weatherman. His work has appeared/is forthcoming in The Riot Act, Burnt Breakfast Mag, The Daily Drunk, Honest Ulsterman, The Remnant Archive, and Rejection Letters. He lives on a tiny island in the English Channel.

Twitter: @j_archer_avary

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