Stewart McKenzie

Rtfm 13 Monkey See - Poem by Stewart McKenzie

On a trip to the zoo I came to a room
Where an orangutan was learning a language.
I watched for a while as this patient ape,
Plump from the food rewards of training,
Made sign conversation with his teacher.
“Any questions? ” she asked as the class reached a recess.

I asked what to me was the obvious question
“Has he told you anything new? ”
She looked to see if I was mocking or simple,
Found neither, laughed nervously, moved on.
The orangutan placidly watched this exchange
As he ate his recess banana.

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  • john tiong chunghoo (6/4/2005 10:53:00 PM)


    and us watch each other
    did the alien separate us?

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 5, 2006

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