In the Siberian taiga
She won’t eat bear’s flesh,
It’s too dangerous to take a creature
like that into your body.
You don’t know how it might
The hunter must bury the meat under stones,
permafrost being too hard to dig.
He could use the fur
the paws for medicine.
He mustn’t forget
to perform a ritual
for the bear’s re-incarnation:
he won’t recognise its new body
but it will remember its killer.