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Jungle Girl

I.
bushmeat consumption has been forbidden since 1965

but Jungle Girl doesn’t know it –

there’s armadillo roast for dinner

& she foraged wild strawberries for dessert

 

II.

Jungle Girl gets her period:

she sits by the river bank for a whole day

& thinks it’s her turn to become a star –

the piranhas were only a myth

 

III.

due to several fish hook/duck neck accidents

Jungle Girl is no longer allowed to go fishing:

duck eggs are the family favourite –

she dries her rattlesnake skins on guava branches instead

 

IV.

Jungle Girl is ashamed of her hay fever

foreign linden irritates her tropical sinuses & lungs

& she’s not surprised:

European honey doesn’t freeze in winter

 

V.

there’s a snake in the pool, so you call Jungle Girl

she reaches for the broomstick & teaches you:

hold it underwater because those ones

they like to play dead


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

is a Brazilian writer based in Berlin after stints in São Paulo, London, Liverpool, and Lisbon. Yessica got her MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University (UK) and her writing has been featured on 3:AM, SALT., The Moth, Magnum Photos, The Lighthouse Review, and more. She was also shortlisted for the 2021 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and the 2017 Jane Martin Poetry Prize.

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