Monkey On A Branch - a Poem
Monkey On A Branch
I see a monkey on a branch,
It's such a vivid dream.
Even after I awake
So very real it seems.
A monkey looks down from his perch,
Surveys the scene below.
Decides he's better where he is,
Content with what he knows.
Why would he put himself at risk
To brave the world unknown.
Danger may lurk behind each turn,
Unless the way is shown.
The monkey raids a wild bees' nest,
Delighting in sweet honey.
Down below hyenas laugh
But he doesn't know what's funny.
Their laughter is infectious, though,
The monk can't help but giggle.
And the hyenas both look up
As the branch begins to jiggle.
What do you think will happen next?
Inspired by a Dream
This poem was actually inspired by my friend and fellow hubber ValKaras (Vladimir Karas), or more accurately by his wife and a dream she had. Here is Val's account of that moment as told in his hub The Fun Factor. For Val's explanation you need to read his hub.
"I'll probably never forget that night when I was awakened by my wife's loud laughing in her sleep. It was so childishly, genuinely happy laughter that I couldn't help but join her, like an idiot not knowing what was so funny.
Well, poor thing, she tried to tell me, but she could not make it past first few words, because she got another wave of laughter mixed with tears. After a few attempts she finally managed to say it through laughter.
You would never think what made her laugh so much in her dream. Four words : "Monkey on a branch". With my half-sleeping mind at first I couldn't get it, just like you can't now. "O.K., monkey on a branch...and then what?" - I begged, trying to make some sense out of it. No, she just gave me another couple of rounds of slowly simmering down laughter, helplessly shaking her head, and then fell back to sleep like a log, replacing all that laughter with a gentle snoring."
Anyway, in my comment on Val's hub I told him I was inspired to write a poem or a song using the title "Monkey on a Branch." So that is what I did. I hope you like it, Val (even though it is silly).