flowing with tasty bamboo
and pandas at play
full of boundless energy
spark childhood delight and joy
I’m grateful to Tania Marie (friend and fellow blogger) for letting me use this beautiful image as inspiration for writing a poem. Tania is a creative, sensitive soul who has deep relationships with nature and critters. You can visit more of her art and fanciful creations at her Magick Rabbit Etsy Shop.
I’ve loved pandas ever since my childhood. I had several panda stuffed animals as a child and was fortunate to see the first live pandas brought to the US as part of the cross-cultural exchange between China and the US. President Nixon formally welcomed giant pandas Ling-Ling (a female) and Hsing-Hsing (a male) to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on April 16, 1972. I was captivated by these unusual and playful creatures, as were the 1000’s of visitors that flocked to the National Zoo to see them.
May we remember to play and preserve the beauty of this emerald planet.