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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.

Love At First Bite

This Valentine’s Day I met someone special.
He sprung upon me on our hike through the Ketambe Rainforest.
I did not notice my lecherous lover at first.
He could not resist the allure of my scandalously bare ankles.
Oh! What a love mark he gave me.
Slightly too much teeth in my opinion.
Unforgettable, nevertheless.
Our connection was brief, ten minutes at most.
I’m not one for the clingy type, anyways.

Now, I ease my aching heart knowing it was a parasitic relationship from the start.

You took a piece of me with you.
I will always remember you, Mon Petite Leech.