“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.


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