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(Concrete) Jungle

When I sat down to write about Pañacocha, it was hard to decide where to start, so I wrote a sestina poem -- since the sestina has a pretty strict pattern it gave me some direction (see below for my end words: each letter corresponds to an end word for each of 7 stanzas and they must be repeated in that order). 1. ABCDEF 2. FAEBDC 3. CFDABE 4. ECBFAD 5. DEACFB 6. BDFECA 7. (envoi) ECA or ACE + BDF within three lines A: jungle B: millennial C: company D: fresh E: rise F: oil (Concrete) Jungle The canoe taps the riverbank, chipping small chunks of mud into the water. Jungle birds perched amongst damp green flora hasten their chirps, beckoning towards me, an American millennial enterin

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