Fair Trade USA is a non-profit organization that promotes and certifies fair trade products. I recently started following their blog, which is a great way to stay current on “fair trade news” & learn about new fair trade products. Their blog is also the place I found out about this contest: Fair Trade USA is hosting a poetry contest to help them win a nonprofit grant. Plus whether they win the grant or not, they’re choosing a winner who will receive a bag full of fair trade goodies. So how could I not enter? A chance to help Fair Trade USA earn money & the possibility of winning some fair trade products for myself! Besides, I’m an English teacher; I’m supposed to be into stuff like this.
As many of you know, I’m pretty into fair trade chocolate – probably because I’m pretty into chocolate. I can’t believe the stories of injustice behind the chocolate that we eat without a second thought. So I wanted my poem to reflect the need for change in the chocolate industry. It’s an attempt to show the contrast of an American child & a child enslaved on a cocoa farm. (It can be read straight across or one column at a time.) Without further ado, here’s the poem: