The Monkey

Mr. Monkey from Batcocow flickr.com
Mr. Monkey from Batcocow flickr.com
monkey suit 3 from Rubes#!/? flickr.com
monkey suit 3 from Rubes#!/? flickr.com
Disdain, disgust from Amanda ! flickr.com
Disdain, disgust from Amanda ! flickr.com
A passer-by Smile from Knot flickr.com
A passer-by Smile from Knot flickr.com

The Monkey

By Tony DeLorger © 2014


That look of disdain, those glaring dark eyes,

my irreverence not tolerated, not an inch, despised,

I'm minding my own business, walking calmly and cool,

but the looks I am getting, such hatred for a fool.


It must be the monkey suit, all that hair and those lips,

I'm not acting the fool, just eating some chips,

so how can I attract such violent, dark thoughts,

quietly walking the streets, doing what I ought.


If the fool was on the inside they'd smile and nod hello,

I could be a rapist, an axe murderer and they wouldn't know,

but here I parade the fool on my skin,

and right away people just take it as sin.


Confusing the responses of strangers, wanting to tear me to strips,

if I was eating banana perhaps, not those chips,

it proves what's on the outside really matters,

more than reality, the truth, their delusions in tatters.


So I took off the head piece and smiled at passers by,

and responded with pleasantries knowing now I was inside,

so what does that mean, did they think the suit was real,

or was the human face placating them, now too much to deal.


I'll never understand why so many people can hate,

without even knowing what or who they berate,

lost in their judgements and grievous their harm,

in thoughts of negativity and love to disarm.


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Tony DeLorger 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks MsDora, your comments always welcome and appreciated. take care


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

You made your point clearly and dramatically. Great job!


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Tony DeLorger 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks John. I agree, people are quick to judge and happy to form negative beliefs without even considering alternatives. I think it's simply fear that creates this deviation from truth. With writing, I've given up worrying about how someone responds to what I write. often people read something quite beyond my intent, other times they don't get it at all. people generally will see and take what they want from what you write, and that's just how it is. I write from the heart and how it's taken is someone else's decision, not mine. Hope you're well and enjoying northern Aussieland. take care my friend.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Cutting poem Tony. How people can judge and form opinions based on how someone else looks makes me angry. It is the same online. people often jump to conclusions about what you write based on their preconceived ideas. because they can't read intonation and read body language and facial expressions they often take things the wrong way and get upset or feel confronted by innocent words. I often reread my poetry to convince myself it won't offend too many. Voted up.


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Tony DeLorger 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Eric, yes I know how the format doesn't work for mobiles. But it is the easiest way to satisfy HubPages and add something to the work. Appreciate your comment.


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Eazy_E 2 years ago from State College, Pennsylvania

Definitely an interesting poem. Very serious and critical look at human interaction under the veil of a pretty comical story. Normally poems similar to this have a darker tone and are very blatantly biting. Here the use of the monkey suit better highlights the subtlety of your satire. Bravo. If I have one critique, it would be to better format your page rather then bulking all your pics together. On mobile they show four in a row and cam be a bit distracting. Keep up the awesome work!

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