She travels to some jungle tribe
As an ordeal to prove her worth
And empathising with them, notes
Their rites of fishing, death and birth
Her passage into adulthood’s
Expressed by PhD, and then
Co-authorship of articles
Until the monster in its den
Grabs out and swallows her entire
To sit inside its belly and write
How mining can be reconciled
With local lore and day is night.
This presents the progress of the Anthropologist’s career as if it were an anthropological study. The irony is intended!