(After George Orwell’s Animal Farm,
an inverted Mr. Micawber, and a Gower proverb)
Although monkey has been the primus primate inter pares,
he has never done anything himself,
so he reduces all competitive monkeys to his own level
by negating anything they have ever done.
Only then, will he be their equal.
“All monkeys are equal,
but some monkeys are obviously
more equal than others!”
Here, in the temple’s garbage dump,
monkey finds the lowest of the low,
scratching for fleas and baring
their yellowed, monkey teeth.
They scrabble in the temple’s garbage,
searching for something,
anything to reject yet again.
Monkey writes anonymous letters
with a poisoned pen.
He conceals his hand
and throws ambiguous stones.
He has learned from blows
delivered to another monkey’s head
and has become a wise monkey:
Monkey’s template for survival in the temple:
“Dick other monkeys before they can dick you!”
Primus primate steadily ascends
the monkey puzzle tree:
but the higher he climbs,
the more he reveals