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Valentines Of Pain Or The Blood Cocoa Bean

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Valentines Of Pain Or The Blood Cocoa Bean

Saint Valentine, supposed,
ushering forth with love;
your tender anniversary with a whip.

A chocolate kiss, with calloused hands,
vacant, listless eyes without;
...neither seeing nor feeling love.

Every drop of corn syrup, unfed,
corpulent and fetished;
whose essence lingers 'pon the lips.

Every drop of ebony perfum, 'pon breath;
staining the love of virtue and couplehood;
staining the ignorance and denial;
whose fingerprints of a child
seep through every morsel you ingest.

You ingest pain, you ingest fear,
you ingest exploitation
and you ask for more.

You call it love but is it?

- Another reminder that the chocolate you eat or give out as gifts on this worthless
holiday has most likely been farmed and harvested by children working on a pittance and in
harsh exploitative conditions.

Every penny you spend enables this torturous exploitation to continue.

Copyright © Michael Benkhen

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  1. Date: 2/25/2011 2:47:00 PM
    Ever notice Michael that when children don't like something, they turn their heads and look the other way, as though the thing will disappear?? I will add this to my List of favs. to share with a few friends. Soup Mail. Always, Annalise