Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Three Monkeys in a Tree

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree

Discussing the things that are said to be--

Said one to another: "Now listen you two

There's a certain rumor, but it can't be true'

That man descended from our noble race-

Why, the very idea; it's a disgrace.

No monkey ever deserted his wife,

Starved her babies and ruined her life.

Nor did ever a mother-monkey

Leave her babies with others to bunk,

Or pass them on from one to another

'Till they scarcely knew who was their mother.

And another thing you'll never see

A monkey building a nest around a coconut tree,

And let the coconuts go to waste,

Forbidding all other monkeys to have a taste.

Why, if I build a fence around a coconut tree,

Starvation would cause me to distribute to you.

Here's another thing that a monkey won't do:

Go out at night and get on a stew;

Or use a gun, a club, or a knife

To take another monkey's life.

Yes, Man descended the ornery cuss!

But Brother, he didn't descend from us."

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