With Kaola bear. The outback. Australia. 1990s

Photo by Jean Weisinger


Australia Fire Koala Bear – WP article 2019-11-15

Kaola Bear, Beloved

© 2019 by Alice Walker


None of this is your fault,
You are blameless;

Like all  creatures

entirely native to this earth.

You are warm.  You love to hug.
In your eyes there is wonder

and peace.

There are no words left
to mourn your suffering
or even your bewilderment.

That we knew enough to love
when we met:
for this unexpected
I am forever
in your debt.
And I thank you.