Red Panda


Waddling down from the
temperate firs netted with
red-brown moss, the red
bear-cat outfoxes the snow
leopard tracking the cuteness.

From foothill forests
of the Himalayan range,
pandas eat bamboo,
the reason for the false thumb:
convergent evolution,

like giant pandas
of no close relationship;
just the same food source.
The Himalayan Mountains
plowed by crashing India,

tall as gravity
allows: a postcard bleakness
frames the red panda,
a musteloid related
to weasels, skunks and raccoons.