Stephen Gibson, "Frida Kahlo's Self-Portrait with Monkeys Symbolic of Her Students"

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.