ether and panda

(close your eyes...)

spinning on this carousel in the
middle of the bamboo forest,
she closes her eyes and reaches out
to pop the bubbles floating around
not knowing that they could take
her to the ether beyond clouds

take a ride on a bubble towards the sky-
just hope it doesn't pop and send you
back towards the earthly grass where
gunshots only kill pandas and the ground
is soaked with blood as smoke covers
the ether, the clear blue sky

on the carousel, she glows
an ethereal shade of sunshine
no one ever told her that once the carousel
stops spinning, she'd fall off, the kaleidoscopes
gone from her eyes, and the bubbles
would disappear into evanescence while
not one panda would ever put a melon by her feet
anymore.

send her a warning, please?