Don’t we eat the antelope?

This piece comes to us from Abeir Soukieh, who was born and raised in Canberra but whose ancestry stems from Lebanon, “so genetically her body would probs fare better in that climate”.

I have a cousin
her name is Rim
it means ‘white antelope’
or ‘addax’
and she was about 4 or 5 years old
when we were walking outside together
her head-height about my knee-height

and she said to me,

‘Some of the girls aren’t very nice to me.’

She said it
sadly
she didn’t look at me but
straight ahead
glum little confused 4 or 5 year old face

‘Oh?’

I asked her

this
brown-ringleted
gem
stone
she nodded her head
and continued with,

‘Yeah, Chloe and–’

Ah.

I thought.

Chloe and.

 

As it turns out
according to Wikipedia
the ‘white antelope’
or ‘addax’
is a critically endangered species of antelope and
also according to Wikipedia,

Although extremely rare in its native habitat due to unregulated hunting
it is quite common
in captivity.

© Abeir Soukieh, 2018