20090519

I'm Afraid of Bears

by Jonas Winslo

The airport in Anchorage has a large collection of stuffed animals, not gift shop stuffies, grotesque taxidermical nightmares. Every animal is rendered in full blood-thirsty attack mode. Lunging badgers, snarling wolves, elk impending impalement. The Bear stands twelve feet tall with a roaring world-record head and massive paws that could smash a bison’s skull (according to the plaque). I realize now that this factoid is a cold calculation of force and bone density. As a child, I assumed someone witnessed a frenzied buffalocide on the prairie.

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Jonas Winslo crafts in the Pacific Northwest. He is dexterous, almost uncomfortably tall and can recognize every breed of dog except some of those new poodle mixes.

7 comments:

essygie said...

Cool six, love the last line, lol! :-)

quin browne said...

i, too, am a lover of the last line! it brings you into the story.. (for years i thought spare ribs were from buffalo, because my dad said so... i passed the 'truth' on to my own offspring)

Joe said...

Cool story. Well-written!

BobClay said...

I've seen that bear at Anchorage airport. It looked mighty and fearsome, but I seem to remember the sign describing how it had been shot by someone with some powerful firearm.

I guess that's where the cold equations come to the fore...

Nice story.

David H. said...

Great 6. And no one has made a Sarah Palin comparison yet.

Lonnie M. Long said...

Frenzied buffalocide: I love it. I'm going to enter that into my vocabulary immediately.

Jonas said...

Maybe Palin is in the subtext?
Thanks for all the great feedback.