A photograph reveals open eyes, barely,
above cheeks drawn.
Dignity denied between legs
all the way to a breast sagging
yet with milk left for the child
nestled under arm. Equally missing.
Among the first to go from Mary’s cabinet
would be palm oil,
traded from the market’s local beginnings
to global ends in this orangutan’s suffering.
Mary’s empathy with abandon displayed
by her own hip bones, protruding
and her name signed
to every petition tweeted as she browses home improvement sites.
is a third kitchen remodel.
is something that gives her something
to debate than what’s going on with those
who don’t build walls to store themselves and their trappings.
Mary is replacing old cabinets twice painted over
and practicing the smile
she will wear
compliment the facelift.
Note: SMOKE AND MIRRORS is inspired by the image of Mama Anti and Babe Anti in ‘Orangutans face complete extinction within 10 years…’, Independent August 19, 2016. Orangutan’s home forest community continues to be destroyed for palm oil production. Palm oil is considered among the earliest traded commodities.
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