What India Taught Me About Evolution

You can believe we all came from monkeys

like the ones outside my balcony door

sometimes they come in

when I forget to shut the door

monkeys don’t know to steal is to sin

and make off with my pen

and you haven’t lived

till armed with a pillow, you’ve chased a monkey out your door.


you can believe that we all came from a deity

then Adam and Eve

then you and me

looking up at the monkey in the tree

looking down on our balcony

watching you watching me

playing with fire playing with ash

smoking watching the monkey

bite off the ends of the pen

drive it into a coconut shell

and drink from the straw that had been my pen.

Evolution seems to take a step backwards

while man writes with his pen

and the monkey feeds from his.


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