of tobacco, the bear is
the keeper of all gates: those between life and death, this
others, flesh and spirit, man and animal form, inside and outside,
even the phases of man's individual life. He is mediator between
man and woman, the natural and the sacred.
All guides and travelers to the other world in human form: shamans,
Orpheus, Jesus, were represented by the man sitting across
the aisle. Bright red hair, plaid pants, maroon blazer, he
peanuts between big yellow teeth.
fingers and digs for a place to ditch