They are as needy and affectionate to her
as if they were her actual students or jungle creatures
taken from trees, kidnapped from their mothers
and put into cages to be sold in the market where
she found them when she went to buy dinner—
fresh vegetables, beef—not the caged twin’s brother
that was already sold, because some still butcher
spider-monkeys for their meat though it’s against the law
(the law for people with money is a different law for others).
And that is why they hug and stare in fear
and cling to her.