wearing what is suitable for the surroundings of their hometown,
have become endangered because nowadays social media supports the creation of
a false image and you have to be an "anime girl" or a real-life princess even if you are living in the wetlands of South Carolina.
Once the Venus Flytraps ruled the East Coast of the USA,
but today there are only a few who possess the key
to their core essence,
to their sweet spot,
because women are told to
distance themselves from the truth
and to dress up like the Lolitas from Japan
or the jet-set reality stars from California
(whose designer clothes, btw, have driven them into an everlasting debt spiral)
or if they want to be "natural," they have to follow the style of the dreadlock-wearing
of New York.
A real Dionaea muscipula is a woman who roams in the woods
faded jeans and t-shirt,
or hangs around in the garden in her nightie even when it’s five p.m.
causing a fuss
in the midst of the "good old church folk."
A woman like this has no interest in catching the little flies,
she’s waiting for the grand-prize:
Squirrel Treefrog, the man of the woods
who loves taking long walks in the rain.
Paula Puolakka (1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas). In 2019, she landed second in Dreamers & MLK poetry contest (NC, USA) and was awarded in the essay contests held by the Finnish Reserve Officers Federation and Single Parents Association. She was given an honorable mention in the blackout poetry contest held by Tiny Spoon Literary Magazine. She has also been the winner of the daily poetry challenge held by Poetry Potion (South Africa) 15 times between April and October 2019. In 2017 and 2018, Puolakka also landed first and second in the writing contests held by Re:fiction and Literative. Her latest work can be found through Spillwords Press and Former People’s blog. The Finnish newspapers Savon Sanomat, Kainuun Sanomat, and Lapin Kansa have supported her by steadily publishing her reader’s opinions.