The house fills with a smell of ripe mangoes all summer long.
You eat trays of cheap mangoes as you shower. You peel the goldy honeyleather skins in long strips the way you peel bananas. And they drip orange liquid sweetnesses with the soapy water.
and you sink
lips teeth & tongue
into sticky stringy pulps
pull bite eat their soft bodies
‘Loop the loop’ was published in Wee Girls: Women writing from an Irish perspective (ed. Lizz Murphy, Spinifex Press), a wide ranging collection of poetry, autobiography and fiction, that brings together voices of Australian, Irish, New Zealand, English, American and Canadian writers.
‘”Loop the loop” — a wonderfully lyrical story exploring a fantastic female family tree.’
Barbara Oakman, Australian Book Review