A moment alone

Come a little closer, darling Le Bao
the crowds have left, and the pen is quiet
I am less overtaken by shyness
how their gazing caused my fur to itch with
stress, a diet, devoid of warmth and touch
it is irksome to be exhibition
did not want to add to the performance
too much for this solitary frame, but
now it is quiet, the enclosure clear
so I was thinking that we could make a
small cub, a bug-eyed, fuzzy soccer ball
and when it is grown perhaps it will travel
back home, where the bamboo grows tallest
beneath big, old trees, a mountain hideout.

Meanwhile in a South Korean zoo under lockdown conditions…

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