What words should we etch
On memory’s precious plaques?
Which monkeys would we willingly stretch
Across our monkey-burdened backs?
Not debts, not grief,
Nor 800 lb gorillas.
Not death, not taxes,
Nor irked chinchillas
Upset by unchecked nightmares
Capturing and selling to Petco) .
Get ready, get set, go!
So that these steady words
Might chisel a heady,
lasting “IN MEMORIAM, ”
And not fizzle
Like flat Mr. Pibb
In the rarified auditorium
Of an otherwise terrified
Prefers 'The Real Thing.'
[12-31-05 Berkeley, CA]
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