Made in the Philippines

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(An Ekphrastic Poem)

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I am body, mind and soul
Made in the Philippines,
Vicariously reassembled
In Hollywood and Disney Land,
Physically transplanted
In the Statue of Liberty’s
Verdigris-patinated arms,
Recycled Into the Great
American Nightmare,
And exported back and
Quickly dumped on Smokey
Mountain in the third-world
Country of my original
Manufacture as used, soggy,
Stinking brown merchandise
Relabelled as white trash.

* Made in the Philippines, artwork by Matt Manalo, member of the Filipino American Artists Directory who received a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from the University of Houston.

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