by Benjamin Alva Polley
ABDUCTED BY ALIENS
Similar to lying on an operating table
the anesthetized grizzly bear
lies in a stupor upon the ground,
drugged and hallucinating.
These alien-like creatures surround him.
Probe him, measure him, and open his mouth.
Measure the teeth and look at wear.
Tattoo his inner cheek.
Stretch a ruler on his paws.
They weigh him.
Stick a needle in him
drawing blood for DNA.
Take a urine sample
Surgically implanting a GPS unit inside him.
The bear thinks to himself,
“I really was abducted,
Prodded and probed.
Shot with a strange gun.”
The bear runs off in the woods
And tells all his bear friends.
The other bears say,
“Hey, we told you not to eat those magical mushrooms.