We saw it all on TV just now: another five hundred or so stranded whales, about ninety fat, dead sea-lions on the Northern beaches. The coverage was short and soon got back to the usual: a young father of seven lost it and knifed the mother of his children; a body guard shot his German boss for 300 US Dollars in Lima’s San Isidro; ten dead in a head-on crash on the Panamericana Sur. Lady Gaga’s concert didn’t bring in enough money. Won’t be back. An item about Mick Jagger’s rained out visit to Machu Picchu; Peru chefs among the top twenty worldwide. I saw the abducted baby being brought in on the back of a pick-up truck, the blanket lifted by the wind. She was half-eaten by dogs – they found her on a garbage landfill site.  And here I am, trying to write a poem about how to survive a bear attack.

I own five pairs of comfortable shoes.

 

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A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm lives and works in Lima, Peru. Author of two novels and a full-length poetry collection (TANGENTS) published in 2011 in the UK, well over 100 of her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a good two dozen US poetry reviews as well as some print anthologies, and Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet. She won third price in in the 2009 Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse (US), was semi-finalist in the Naugatuck poetry contest 2012/13 and has been a finalist in several Goodreads poetry contests, winning it in October 2014; a new poetry collection is earmarked for publication in 2016 the US.

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Image by Aleria Jensen, NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons