Monkeys craving luscious nuts
Slyly placed in coconuts
With holes permitting only nut-free paws
Pinned by choice, as their captures laugh
The foragers’ greed is their fatal flaw!
Snouts of dogs wedged-up against our door
So anxious for the rush outdoors,
They gladly take a smack to the face
Just to be first in the race!
Drivers pass, cram and swerve
Speed, cuss and swear
Just to get what they deserve!
Our lives deflate
We bleed . . .
–by Sabio Lantz, 12/3/12
Prompted by: Poets United
I was inspired to write this poem as I watched my three dogs scramble to get outside this morning, I am sure my poem accurately describes dogs and people, but I have only heard stories of the monkey trap. Religious sites of all stripes also seem to love the greedy-monkey metaphor — here are some examples for your amusement:
- Mormon: You tube video demonstration and sermon!
- Church of Religious Science
- Theosophy Society