Brian Mayo

Gold Star - 12,344 Points (1960)

Smile And Make Plans - Poem by Brian Mayo

if
you ask
a muskrat
about
his day,
you will be
amazed at what you learn
in the
silence

then he will bite you.

if
you drop
a weasel
into a glass box
and ask him to solve
complex equations
he will go mad

then he will bite you.

if you give a banana
to a monkey
he will smile politely

and make plans to rip your face off.

Topic(s) of this poem: nature, science

Form: Free Verse


Comments about Smile And Make Plans by Brian Mayo

  • Bri Edwards (6/13/2017 9:18:00 PM)


    beware the animals in animals' clothing. my second comment.

    bri :)
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  • Bri Edwards (9/15/2016 10:59:00 PM)


    i've often wondered what Pamela slept on.
    ah, memories! no, not Pamela, but a muskrat! or shall i say muskrats? ! yes, i've encountered a few in my
    youth in New York State, but i never asked about their days, AND, good-to-be-sure, one never bit me. i cannot
    say the same about snakes; i've been bitten, but, again, i never asked about their days. how rude of me!

    weasels i may have seen once or twice in the wild that i know of. ditto for mink, which i believe is a 'cousin' to 'the weasel'.

    i don't believe i've ever been close enough to a monkey to have my face bitten off, but they can be pretty FAST, so i'd better beware. i never gave one a banana, but i did give bananas (i think i gave them) to an elephant once.

    beware polite smiles is the thrust of the poem i suppose.

    bri :)
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  • Wes Vogler (11/25/2015 12:43:00 PM)


    When I have a vanilla ice cream cone I always push down so as to get the ice cream right to the bottom. Then when down to the last inch or so (these are not pointed cones) I cut it in half and one goes to Hocus and one goes to Havoc. Hazard and Haven go to my son's workplace at SEADIVE LINK during the day. I suspect the first two gloat.
    Ain't I a sentimental dude? My wife does the same. They adore us.
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  • Alice Perfect (11/6/2015 11:03:00 PM)


    I asked a woman a few things
    and sure as spit
    she bit me!
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  • Pamela Sinicrope (11/5/2015 8:18:00 AM)


    I read this last night and slept on it. I've been reading and writing allot lately on the smile and what that means. I can honestly say that while you might have similar a thoughts on the smile, no one would ever write about it this way than you! I love that. There's layers of commentary here on a seemingly simple, cute, macabre, and SURPRiSING poem! Here's my take: 1) what lies beneath does not match what we see on the outside; 1) don't underestimate the animals; 3) don't treat animals like humans... Respect their species and don't imprison them; 4) Especially respect those monkeys... They are very smart sentient beings... Respect them and don't treat them like little babies... Or you may just lose your face... Well written, creative, and definitely in Mayo style. (Report) Reply

  • Souren Mondal (11/4/2015 10:21:00 PM)


    A very, very interesting poem Brian... Although I had to look up for what a 'muskrat' is, they look pretty interesting...

    You have captured finely with, if I may say, a subtle sense of humour that is abound in 'nature' - not only in the physical nature, but perhaps also in in human nature.. At many a times in our lives we had encountered a 'muskrat, a 'weasel' and certainly a lot of 'monkeys' - gratitude is such a value nowadays that it can actually be compared to an endangered species almost...

    Thank you for the beautiful poem...
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 4, 2015



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