“Ode on a Coconut Cream” by Sara Tusek
When I beheld the image of a nut,
Creamy white encircled in deep brown
Tossed upon an oblong, all around,
Thought I, “this package holds gourmet sweets,” but
When I more closely looked upon the box,
What did I see but this: “we do not test
On animals”; of course not, if it’s best
Coconut cream candy! So, like a fox,
I looked with greater cunning, smelling hoax,
What kind of chocolate will “moisturize”?
“Protect and nourish”? Can I believe my eyes
That my own kin would perpetrate such jokes?
I must with sorrow give up all my hope.
This coconut cream dream is only soap.