Castaway Teddy by Pilar Montes
A little disheveled stuffed animal
was sitting in the corner on a lifeguard tower
weathered, waterlogged, and wearing a seaweed wrap
the little Teddy Bear was a beacon of cuddly cuteness
I wanted to know
the Castaway Teddy’s story
Teddy Bear – cast adrift
forgotten on the beach and picked up by the rising tide?
accidently fell overboard?
decided to go on an ocean swim?
Teddy Bear – child’s companion
where does he belong?
who is missing him?
are they still looking for him?
Teddy Bear – on the high seas
was he tossed by waves and the current?
or did he go swimming and surfing?
did he make friends?
with fish, seals, turtles, dolphins?
Teddy Bear – cast ashore
did the tide and seaweed bring him ashore?
| was he rescued by the lifeguard?
and then gently put on the lifeguard tower?
why was he so endearing?
he reminded me
of a fond childhood memory
the love and imaginative play
with my own beloved Teddy
Where are you now?