Don’t we eat the antelope?

Abeir Soukieh is a poet and writer based in Canberra.  She is an Acquisitions Editor at be:longing and her work can be found at be:longing magazine, Not Very Quiet and the Cordite Poetry Review.

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