More March Monkey Merchandise

fallenmiasThe Selection of Sex and Descent in Relation to Man

…in every visible character man differs less from the higher apes,
than these do from the lower members of the same order of Primates.
Charles Darwin, 1871

The Other claims descent from apes
then acts like a violent monkey.
It pillages, it loots and rapes
performing as Satan’s flunkey.

Its actions bear the mark of Cain;
brandishing cameras, smashing things.
We feel its proto-human pain
yet dread the urban woe it brings.

It justifies, through monkey-word
its primal carnage, childish rage.
With anthropoid designs deferred
it struts the Darwinian stage.

The higher primate government
rewards them well with ripe bananas
for wrecking their environment
(jungle as well as savannas).

Their mate selection, naturally,
a semi-simian solution:
intercoursing sexually,
to hasten their evolution.

The wombs enlarge—they drop their young
then text their friends while getting high.
They swing from treetops, fling their dung—
while down below the humans sigh.

 

Painting: Fallen Mias, 2000. Walton Ford (b. 1960)
Watercolor, gouache, ink and pencil on paper, 60 ½” x 119 ¾ ”
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

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