Amur leopard knows nothing of borders
or memorandums of understanding
and wouldn't recognise the names Putin or Xi.
She just follows herds of deer
through the mountains
stopping when she gets a chance
in a favourite resting place.
She surveys the world
secure in the spots that blur her
into the background.
She chooses solitude
until her cubs arrive
driving her to hang out at deer farms
where the pickings are easier.
previously published in Plum Tree Tavern