Explaining Animal Crossing to my Nan

by Ellora Sutton

Look, see?
It lets me hang out
with Kevin in America

and Lydon in China

and Hayley in the next room.

I can give them things –
cherries,
or campfires,
or a lamp I made out of two giant clam shells
and a lump of clay.

This pastel pink koala
is my best friend. She sings
and I play the ocarina.

I’m cultivating an orchard
of peaches and oranges and pears
around a heart-shaped pond.
I have yet to come across apples.

I’ve spent two hours straight
picking weeds and selling them to a racoon.