Ode to the Bear Claw

“For Barry Voss”

Almond-flavored yeast-raised pastry
Shaped irregular semicircle so tasty
Smells so sweet from the bakery
I eat its fat and sugar so hastily

Then rush back to work down the hall
Feeling a little dizzy I almost fall
As a stinging pain rushes up my jaw
Resembling the slash of a big Bear Claw

I call for help with all my might
I’m out of shape but want to fight
This grizzly beast that holds me tight
Until I see that tunneled light

A pastry filled with sugary delight
Just might end my life...