The albino panda bear and I
hold many similarities
but don’t ask me as to where or why,
you see, the world is full of possibilities.
Our ancestors crossed the Bering Strait
many moons ago
they must have followed the hand of fate
for they really had no way to know
what, exactly, they ran towards
just what they ran from:
a mindless existence among the hoards
all nibbling bamboo and acting dumb.
They’d been properly taught since they were young
of what to think or say or do.
Their heads had been filled with songs that sung
of all the right things, tried and true.
And so the hoards had learned to shun
who weren’t allowed to join the fun
but were expected to just ‘take a hint’.
The albino panda came to realize
there was more to life than this
so he began to theorize
of new ways to find his bliss.
His first step was in changing
the rigid way of thought
he had learned from his upbringing
that always told him you cannot!”
He then shook off his fear of the unknown
to find his curiosity
had just been waiting all alone
for the chance to alter his reality.
So he set off on a journey
to see what he could see
and knew that everywhere he looked
new wonders were bound to be.
The albino panda soon discovered
a land of ice and snow
where others like him and found and gathered
each other by just going with the flow.
How wonderful it felt to find
he now had some companions
to help him leave the past behind
and raise his expectations.
Their numbers grew and they adapted
as the years went by
until it seemed that they’d been crafted
for the land in which they lie.
Yet the arctic has no tender shoots
for panda bears to nibble
so instead of eating dirty roots
they turned to seal kibble.
They found albino fur was perfect
for blending with the snow:
their prey never would expect
to be taken down with a mighty blow!
The Inuit came to know them as
‘The ever wandering ones’
but under other names his legend has
been passed from fathers to sons.
A great respect becomes revealed
with every story told
about the bear the would not yield
to snow or ice or cold.
He shows us through his wandering
that every challenge brings
the certainty of nothing
but new and wondrous things.
We now know him as the ‘Polar Bear’
and aren’t we all the same?
On a lifelong quest for somewhere
for us to make our name.