Monkey in the middle
sitting in the zoo
just some bars
between me and you.

Monkey, monkey says
to me “only yesterday
I saw you swinging
through the trees.”

I said “Monkey, monkey
that wasn’t me,
higher than three feet
makes me weak at the knees.”

That monkey looks at me
says “You’d look better with a tail
but you cut it off
instead of let it be free.”

I replied “Monkey
if only you went to school,
you’d know it’s evolution
that made me a fool.”

Monkey said one last time,
“Every man is meant to be free.”
I turned to answer
then I realized

the monkey is me.
(Hello, I have been away dealing with the world — Mom in the hospital, deluge of work. Don’t give up on me — I’m going to make these 12 books, no other option. Thanks for reading/following — I have to get moving so there is going to be a deluge this week!)