He's No Pooh

By Steven Finacom
Wednesday June 08, 2011 - 09:51:00 AM
Steven Finacom

The California Pioneers 

With their flag the grizzly linked 

Then, full of East Coast frontier fears, 

Shot their symbol quite extinct. 

Cal’s track team trip in ‘95 

Bore a banner blue and gold 

With ursine emblem, in reprise, 

The Bear became Cal’s mascot, bold. 

A cub T. Roosevelt set free 

Inspired the plushy, stuffy, toy 

(He spoke at Cal, nineteen-oh-three) 

Now “teddy bears” our tots enjoy. 

Descended from that cultural path 

They contemplate our Telegraph.