Bayou Diaries: Bamboo Road

Absent a panda or two
why plant bamboo?

The oaks & cypress
are deeply rooted
in this cutoff bayou
but this delicate transplant
is not the robust canebrake.

Ask the sorry brown palms
drug up from their native latitude
about a park’s imaginary landscapes.

Seeking peace of mind
I choose the bamboo path
to the half-moon bridge,
whistling Bashō.

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