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.