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Max Reif

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A Gorilla in My Back Yard


There's a gorilla in my back yard.
I'm making friends with him,
approaching cautiously,
as he moves toward my world.

He says a few words,
or what he thinks are words,
to show me how 'human' he is.
He clumsily hikes
a football through his legs.

I've taken a risk
to approach this great beast
whose silver-steel muscles
could crush me in an instant.

Venturing out of his habitat,
he's overcome his natural
fear of the unknown.

A great sharing's
taking place
behind my house.

Submitted: Monday, November 28, 2005
Edited: Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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  • Duncan Wyllie (3/1/2006 5:05:00 PM)

    Well Max.
    Next time you are involved in a game of football with a gorilla please take some
    Shin pads with you. And please make sure that he has full possession of the ball. Lots of fun in this one. Love Duncan (Report) Reply

  • Tania S (12/28/2005 6:14:00 PM)

    I read the name of this poem on the site a few hours ago before you commented on my poems, and the name made me smile, and now after I read it, I must say is quite impressive, man and beast trying to reach common ground though they are literally worlds apart (Report) Reply

  • Raynette Eitel (11/28/2005 4:25:00 PM)

    Max, I'm missing my copy of Where the Wild Things Are. Now I think you may have it. Good luck and don't close your eyes when you sleep!

    Raynette (Report) Reply

  • Lawrence S. Pertillar (11/28/2005 3:25:00 PM)

    My mind races with analogies. This is a good, thought provoking write...even though Gorillas prefer the game of Cricket. LSP (Report) Reply

  • Ivy Christou (11/28/2005 3:15:00 PM)

    you are into strange poems lately.. first the zookeeper, then this! Keep it up, it is thought provoking! !
    HBH (Report) Reply

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