One of the poems in Candle, Thread, and Flute that I always get a lot of reaction to is “Snow Leopard, Bronx Zoo,” in which a mother snow leopard mourns that her zoo-born daughters can only
bound over unnatural boulders
to the tops of unnatural crags
whose mitigated steepness assures survival,
whose artifice conceals the cage doors.
Here is a wonderful video from the Snow Leopard Trust, filmed in Kyrgyzstan, that shows the life my snow leopard mother wishes for her family–and that I wish for all of these beautiful, amazing cats: