The Pink Pearl*

Even agricultural biotechnology
monolith Monsanto
has jumped

on the pink ribbon bandwagon.
A seed-development company
called Seminis

(a Monsanto subsidiary)
launched a new variety
of cherry tomato

called the Pink Pearl
which was sold
in packaging displaying —

you guessed it —
the pink ribbon.
We don’t need more ribbons.

What we need
is to face a truth
that is not pretty, not pink,

and not reassuring at all.
Chemicals are in our bodies.
They are causing cancer.

And all the pink ribbons
in the world
aren’t going to fix that.



*Found poetry from an article in Orion Magazine, September 2013, written by Jennifer Lunden, titled Exposed: The mammogram myth and the pinkwashing of America


About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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2 Responses to The Pink Pearl*

  1. A truthful, very profound post. Ann

  2. Yousei Hime says:

    I think for me, that last one was the best. It referenced something I felt I understood, not knowing much about the other references. At the same time, it was open to interpretation which allowed me to create my own story.

    Thank you for your visit at my site. Enjoyed reading your tilus.

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