The Rise of Teddy’s Bear
(This is a loop poem)
Once upon a time there was a bear.
Bear in mind, this wasn’t a teddy.
Teddy, though, was president at the time.
Time to spend with friends on a hunting trip.
Trip by trip, day by day, no luck.
Luck was found for other hunters.
Hunters of the great black bear.
Bear in mind, Teddy was a big hunter.
Hunter of lions, and hippos. Elephants had fallen.
Fallen at this great hunter’s feet.
Feet that, from this hunt, were sore and tired
Tired from rattling bush with no luck.
Luck would soon change, assisted by Holt.
Holt Collier, his assistant, took things into his own hands.
Hands soon cornered and tied a kill to a tree.
Tree and bear awaited this famed hunting party.
Party they would, but not for this hunting.
Hunting was viewed as a sport that showed honor.
Honor did not allow the shooting of a tied bear.
Bear, and Teddy, made national news.
News spread like wildfire over noble deed.
Deed was retold time and time again.
Again, Teddy was newsworthy because of his “big stick”.
Notes: Theodore Roosevelt political career was set in motion, and captured in the hearts of many Americans by his statement on foreign policy, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Political cartoonists rose to fame with their caricatures of ‘Teddy and his big stick’.
When the news heard the story of refusing to kill the tied bear, this too became the talk of the nation. Clifford Berryman, a political cartoonist, heard the story and capitalized on the news sensation with his own personalized cartoon. The cartoon appeared in the Washington Post.
Morris Michtom, a Brooklyn candy shop owner, saw the cartoon. Morris Michtom and his wife Rose were not only owners of a candy shop in Brooklyn, New York. As a sideline, they also sewed stuffed animals to sell. They decided to make a stuffed “teddy” bear.
And as they say…. The rest is history.
Photograph is Clifford Berryman’s 1902 cartoon for the Washington Post. Image via Wikipedia.
Written for FanStory and P.A.D. Poem-a-Day. FanStory: Loop Poetry requires that the last word of each line becomes the first word of the next line. So the last word of line 1 becomes the first word of line 2, last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3 – and so on. P.A.D. Poem-a-Day: Writer’s Digest … Day 5: For today’s prompt, write a moment poem. The moment could be this very moment in time. Or pick a moment from your past and dive into it. It could be a huge moment or event in your life (or the life of another). Or you could share a small, private moment–like a walk at night or solitary adventure.