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All that Glitters

Dear Melania

I see that you are eating a dish of jewelry

How nice it must taste!

Diamonds are smooth and sparkling

like the finest French champagne

Platinum has a nice chewy texture

Like peanut brittle perhaps?


Dear Melania

The earth is heating up

Glaciers and ice bergs are melting

Forests burn

Oceans rise

Golf courses will drown

Trump Tower will fill with

the few remaining creatures of the sea


Dear Melania

The wretched of this earth

shall grow parched

as water sources disappear

They shall grow hungry

as grains wither on their stalks

animals starve

vegetables shrivel


Oh Melania

What is your secret?

How do you digest your pearls

Masticate your pendants

Expel from your well-irrigated colon

a choker studded with cubic zirconia?


Dearest Melania

we all crave your recipe

for living without organic matter

Your skill is vital to survival

in the coming apocalypse


[Portrait of Melania Trump, eating jewelry. Farsi couplet by the renowned poet Hafiz, above Melania, reads:


"Not every glittering face can enchant/Not every mirror-maker's a Sikander" (Sikander is the Farsi name for Alexander the Great, who, legend has it, was the inventor of the mirror. Many thanks to Ali Minai for suggesting this couplet)]


Acrylic and multiple glitter colors and grades, on wooden panel, 20" x 30")

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Taken on January 16, 2017