My Mother’s Mahogany Dining Table

was her pride and joy

we sat there for Sunday dinner

and for special occasions

when we were expected

to adhere strictly

to table-manners

always highly polished

with a crochet dolly in

the center on which sat a vase

it seated ten people comfortably

and we were not allowed to place

any cup or glass on it without a coaster

its beauty was admired and envied

by visitors

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commercially important

mahogany is durable

ideal for furniture

also used in boats

as it is rot resistant

perfect for musical instruments

as it is a tonewood

producing deep and warm sounds

Peru the largest exporter


illegally harvest most of

its export

throughout the Caribbean

all pedigree homes would

boast at least a mahogany bed

and a dinning table

i search my house

without finding a trace

who inherited my

mother’s table

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