Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Glorified Apes"

This poem came out of the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Glorified Apes"


People who don't listen
have abandoned the heart
of what makes us human:

the ability to express ourselves
and to understand each other,
to give and receive ideas
instead of remaining locked
in our own small skulls.

For this our ancestors learned
to stand upright and oppose thumbs
and interrupt their very breathing?

People who don't listen
reduce all of us together
into a bunch of glorified apes
crouched around a waterhole
exchanging wordless grunts.

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