that damned, dirty ape (apologies to Pierre Boulle): a rant

some people think they’re cute
& some are,
but not this one
with long yellow teeth
& nonstop howling
for attention

yes, the monkey on your back
I thought was gone forever
is playing with & popping ideas
like fat fleas in its constant finger-combing
of thought, removing all
that does not serve its appetite

I am no zookeeper
and will not feed & nurture
something this wild
something this self-serving
something that will not think twice
about shitting in the house
& turning on its keepers

please put your animal
in a cage, or kill it
before its prehensile tail
strangles you
& it devours our children

I will even hand you the gun
as the rest of us
run from you & your
enemy that tells you
it is your best friend,

leaving you
& the monkey
to shred each other
to pieces.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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12 Responses to that damned, dirty ape (apologies to Pierre Boulle): a rant

  1. Rhonda says:

    Final and to the point. Thinking of you and always here

  2. nelle says:

    I’m just astounded. Astounded. There are certain moments where I see a voice emerge, and of course, I’ve only read you recently, but you have my attention.

  3. Strong, charged, and… the anger is still there, slowly being released…and herein lies the beauty and functionality of songs – catharsis for the poet and balm for those of us who can connect to its message/meaning and for whom the message has a particular resonance! The animal imagery is particularly powerful and conveys a very strong abhorence, as do “howl” and “long yellow teeth”. This is creativity driven by anger and frustration! But I allow myself to be carried away and I must now tame this tongue – James 3 5-12!

    • Ah, it is going to be a week for James 3, I fear 🙂

      The beautiful thing about anger & frustration is not only that they can drive creativity, as you put it so well, but that they act as agents for necessary change.

      Know what? I usually adore primates–just not this particular animal.

  4. You’re so sharp! WONDERFUL expressions of raw feelings and, intellectually interesting ! Loved it! Deb

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