Haikus by Tian Tian, The National Zoo’s Panda

by Melissa Chiasson

Glass imprisonment

I plumb the depths of despair

Oh look a peanut


A man said today

These pandas must be best friends

It’s all a charade


Zoo keeper jokes that

I always look tortured. Yes,

But you clean my poop


The band En Vogue said

Free your mind and the rest will

Follow. Ah, but when


Zoo wants baby, but

What of my dream to become

Poet laureate


Endangered species

Wordplay sustains me, as does

Lack of predation