Thursday, September 27, 2007

Evolution From a Monkey's Perch in the Tree

Just for laughs, I will post this poem that I like very much. I do not know the composer and whether it is copyrighted, but the owner signs off as a monkey. If that is so, I can only say the 'monk' is terribly creative!

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Evolution - The Monkey's Viewpoint

Three monkeys sat in a cocoanut tree
Discussing things as they're said to be.
Said one to the others, "Now listen, you two,
There's a certain rumor that can't be true.
That man descended from our noble race-
The very idea! It's a dire disgrace.

No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies and ruined her life,
And you've never known a mother monk
To leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them on from one to another
'Til they hardly know who is their mother.

And another thing! You will never see. . .
A monk build a fence 'round a cocoanut tree
And let the cocoanuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monks to taste.
Why, if I put a fence around the tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.

Here's another thing a monk won't do. . .
Go out at night and get on a stew,
Or use a gun or club or knife
To take some other monkey's life,
Yes, Man descended, the ornery cuss. . .
But brother he didn't descend from us!

Click here for the poem in full.

6 comments:

Matt T. said...

I never saw this as a poem. I've always known it as a song by New Orleans R&B legend Dave Bartholomew. Along with producing the likes of Fats Domino, Bartholomew cut a couple hits, including "The Monkey Speaks". From YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFgjGaIhkUs

CarolC said...

This was a poem printed on a piece of wood from West Virginia, which my grandmother kept for years as she loved it so much. The plaque probably dated from the 1930's or so. I still have the wooden plaque but the words have faded so thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

Logic- Irrefutable logic. Which begs the question 'If evolution is true, then how far will we, as a race, desend?'

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Leah T. said...

I first read this about 38 years ago. I copied it and have had it all these years.

Anonymous said...

During the 1948-49 school year my college biology prof read the poem to our class following the topic on human evolution. He let me copy the poem and I memorized it and can still recite it from memory at age 83. It appears that CarolC has the record regarding an approximate birth of the poem.