Bear Over Possum [Historical Poem, 2017]
A Poetic History of the Teddy Bear and the Billy Possum
Who grew up with a teddy bear?
A bear named after Roosevelt?
Most of you had one once, I felt.
How that cute toy has love to share?
The backstory of Teddy is grand.
That day when Ted refused to shoot,
A bear that was black as a boot,
And tied to a tree on that land.
While the president's men suggest,
Ted to hunt down that helpless beast,
Ted declined with a point. at least,
Poor sportsmanship he can't digest.
The news of thatt November spread,
Artist Clifford Berryman drew,
A charming sketch of it to view.
It soon struck a candyman's head.
The candyman, Morris Michtom,
Spied that very cartoon and lo!
He and his wife, as you'd all know,
Crafted a stuffed bear that's not bum.
With Ted's permission, the name's used,
And the sales of teddies were wild.
The fame of those toy bears weren't mild,
As this legacy isn't bruised.
But I bet you folks never know,
There was another toy like Ted,