Louise Greig lives in Aberdeen with her husband and her rescue Greyhound, Smoky, where she writes children’s picture books and poetry. She has been joint winner of The Manchester Writing for Children Prize 2014, winner of The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2015, winner of The Wigtown Poetry Prize 2015, winner of The McLellan Poetry Prize 2017 and winner of The Battered Moons Poetry Prize 2017. Her debut picture book for Egmont UK was short-listed for The Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year 2018. Louise loves birds, animals, mountains, rivers, forests and children’s literature. Louise’s Amazon Author link is is here.
Here is one of her lovely poems:
To Be a Bear
To be a bear
is not to be something else
like a chair or a pear.
To be a bear is to love berry-picking.
To be a bear is to love licking your paws
To be a bear is to love honey,
but not need money to buy it
(can be stolen from bees but do not try this at home).
To be a bear is to slumber and lope,
lumber, grumble and hope (for honey).
To be a bear is to like to roam,
up mountains and down,
to stand at waterfalls all paws and snout
and wait for unsuspecting trout.
To be a bear is to be big, brown and furry
and not to worry
about non-bear things
like what are wings.
To be a bear is not to have to know
the French word for snow (neige),
or “Hello, I am a bear”
(Bonjour, je suis un ours).
To be a bear is only to have to know
the language of bear.
To be a bear is to be a bear
and only a bear.
To be a bear is to be free,
to be wild and to live in a wood.
To be a bear is good.
© Louise Grieg
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