Poem Six Degrees of Suffering (Part 4 of 6) by Lauren Zuniga

It is hard to tell who is human and
who is animal anymore. Humans
like to think they are the grand prize
of evolution. Grip their fingers tight
around the throat of the wild like
trophy. The Democratic Republic
of the Congo is home to 250 endangered
species. There are only 340 mountain
gorillas left. Children peek out from the
vines where gorilla cubs once swung.
The rainforest has become a circuit
board for global consumption.
It is barely enough dinner for its own.
They call it heart of darkness.
Call it Garumba, Call it Khuzi-Biega
Salonga. Varunga. Call it Diamond.
Call it Robbery. Call it Coltan.


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