Ape

July 28, 2012

Look in they eyes of a gorilla
and you’ll feel quite at home
They know your thoughts
You can read theirs
Emotions are universal here
Your DNA only differs by what,
a few percentage points?

You’ve heard about Coco,
who learned sign language
or at least built a decent vocabulary of
hand gestures

Dogs can read human emotions,
which is nice, but
somehow
not in the same deep-rooted,
familial detail
And besides,
they just want to love you and
(more importantly) to be loved

A gorilla knows more,
possibly too much
Enduring day after day at the zoo
primate after primate staring
Face after face grinning
TEETH TEETH TEETH TEETH
ogling at his silver back
and fat fingers

eyes eyes

I wouldn’t be surprised to
wake up, read the morning headlines
to find
a gorilla has committed suicide
hanged himself from a transplanted,
decorative tree

I wouldn’t be surprised at all.
A gorilla knows more,
possibly too much

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