The Snow Leopard

By Jason Gray Jason Gray

In the Metro Toronto Zoo

He pads on grassy banks behind a fence,
          with measured paces slow and tense.

          Beyond his cage his thoughts are sharp and white;
                  he lives a compelled anchorite.

                  A solid ghost gone blind with all the green,
                              he waits and waits to be unseen.

                                                         -For Paul Strong

Source: Poetry (August 2000).


This poem originally appeared in the August 2000 issue of Poetry magazine

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August 2000
 Jason  Gray


Jason Gray is the author of Photographing Eden (2008), winner of the Hollis Summers Prize, and two chapbooks, How to Paint the Savior Dead (2007) and Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo (2003). He currently co-edits the online journal, Unsplendid.

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