That's fine, fine writing.
I feel like a dope commenting "that's a good one!" every time you post one of these, but that's a good one!
You do well in that meter. Most of your best are in that--like the one about grain, with the Sumerian marked tablets imagery (I really liked that one).
I love the picture of the leopard: I've come face-to-face with that look and I only prevailed by letting the beast I keep off the leash I keep.
Really good; I'm gonna read it again.