Monday, February 8, 2016

The Heart of a Grumpy Bear - The Valen-tiny Contest

So happy Susannah has developed another fun writing contest. My entry for the first "Valentiny Writing Contest" is below. Looking forward to reading all of the great entries.

The Heart of a Grumpy Bear

“I don’t want chocolate candy.
I do not want a kiss.
This is one holiday
I surely can miss.”

“But Bear, I made this valentine,
cause you’re my bestest friend.”
“Oh, Rabbit, don’t be silly.
It’s just a foolish trend.”

Rabbit trudged away.
She dragged Bear’s special gift.
Tears ran down her cheeks
as she sniveled, sobbed, and sniffed.

Squirrel waited, hand –on-hip,
as Bear strolled to his cave.
“What are you doing?
“That’s no way to behave.

You hurt Rabbit’s feelings.”
“But, I don’t want a heart of red.”
 “This isn’t about you.
It’s about your friends, instead.”

So Bear sat and pondered
the meaning of the day.
And set off through the forest
to celebrate his way.

He gathered wild carrots,
green herbs, and strips of hay,
then added nuts and acorns
in a “Special Friend” Bouquet.

He dropped a note in Rabbit’s hole,
and one in Squirrel’s old tree.
Then sat upon a rock and wondered,
“Are they mad at me?”

Rabbit hip-hopped towards him.
Squirrel scurried to his side.
“This is for you, my friends.
I’m sorry that you cried.

But I don’t need a special day
or a fancy Valentine,
to know we’re friends in every way.
I love you ALL the time.”


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks for your comment, Kristi. :) Glad you liked it.

  2. Great minds think alike. My story has a grumpy bear as well.

    1. Yes they do. Will head over to comment on your Grumpy Bear! :)

  3. I love the "special friends bouquet" Bear puts together for his friends! Cute story! -Gabi Snyder

  4. Thanks, Gabi. Maybe I can include a recipe for a "Special Friends Bouquet." :)

  5. Very cute. You've got a gift for rhyme and meter!

    1. Thank you, Jen. Somehow, I think in rhyme. :)

    2. Sweet story! I think everyone could benefit from that kind of special bouquet, animals and humans alike.

    3. Thanks, Angela. You've given me an IDEA!!! :)

  6. What a sweet story & the rhyme is great, too!

    1. Thank you, Patricia. Glad you liked it. :) Thanks for visiting the Storyteller's Scroll. :)

  7. Very sweet story and pondering bear!

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Lauri. Happy you liked it.

  9. So sweet and so Valentiny! th is is the first Valentiny poem I have read and it is just perfect!


  10. Aw, so sweet, Gayle! And I LOVE the sentiment at the end because that is the truth of it! Thanks so much for joining in the first ever Valentiny fun!

  11. Thank you clarbojahn. I'm glad you liked the rhyme. :)

  12. Than you for dreaming up this contest, Susannah. I'm so glad you liked Bear's story. Looking forward to the results of such a fab, fun time. :)

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