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Monkey On A Branch - a Poem

Updated on February 2, 2017
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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.

Hyenas laughing
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What do you think will happen next?

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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).

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      Sakina Nasir 3 months ago from Kuwait

      Nice job with this poem Jodah! You have a great talent for poetry. Love it! :)

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for being first to read this, Sakina. So glad you like it. Thanks for the compliment.

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      Nadine May 3 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha ha what a lovely poem. Its also a good reflection of ourselves, being an observer of the live around us. Enjoyed it.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Always great to get a comment from you, Nadine. So glad you enjoyed this poem. Thank you.

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      vasantha T k 3 months ago from Bangalore

      nice poem, the image is very cute!!

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, vasantha. Much appreciated :)

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      whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States

      I suppose we might compare each of us as a monkey on a branch. Whether we survive depends upon how serious we take life and respond to it. Well done my friend. whonu

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the creative mind. We are surrounded by inspiration, and if we are open to it, things like this flow from it. Fantastic!

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      Shirley Urso-Farmer 3 months ago from Michigan

      Great poem Jodah! I think it has so much more meaning than it first appears, but I do love the silliness of it too :)

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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      Hey, John, my old buddy, you just brought a moment of pure delight to our morning with this wonderful piece of poetry! My wife and I both greatly appreciate your very talented expression of the way my hub inspired you. She never knew until now that I used her nightly laughing episode in a hub, so she had an additional fun while reviving it in memory and now matching it to your poem. Thank you, my friend, for making our morning even more pleasurable start of this gift of another day. - Your friend Val

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I do believe you could write a poem on any subject. This one was giddy and cute. Did the monkey throw the beehive at the hyena?

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Very insightful, whonu. You explained the meaning of this little poem perfectly. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, it surprises me continually what inspires me. Even more, the results. Thanks for your generous comment.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Shirl. Yes, even the silliest writing often holds a message of some sort. Glad you enjoyed this.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi, Val. I was hoping you read this and I couldn't have hoped for a better response. So glad it added a little extra pleasure to your, and your wife's, morning. Thank her again for the inspiration, and may you both wake laughing from your sleep each day.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Ruby. You are too kind. Writing poetry for clients on Fiverr requires me to write on almost any subject requested. It is up to you to decide what the monkey did :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Okie Dokie..Hee..

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      MizBejabbers 3 months ago

      John, that poem is so much fun! I had just wrestled an alligator before lunch and probably lost, so I really needed that to make my day. I voted no. 1 in your little poll because I try to be an optimist, but realistically, the monkey probably fell off the branch and got et up. Aren't dreams silly? Somehow I missed Vlad's hub, now I'll have to go back and read it. I think you could write a poem with feeling about anything.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi MizB. That alligator wrestling can be a tough gig, especially before lunch :) so glad this provided a little light relief and improved your day. I like to think scenario number one was it too, but you never know. You are right, dreams can be downright crazy at times. I hope you enjoy Val's hub too.

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      Clive Williams 3 months ago from Nibiru

      What if that monkey was actually bitten by the Zombie virus and ate the hyenas?

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hmm, that is certainly another possibility I didn't think do Clive. Thanks for that.

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      Missy Smith 3 months ago from Florida

      Lol... Nonsense is fun! And I have never seen the Coldplay video. I'm surprised, because I love them.

      I need to go to Val's page and read that story about his wife's dream. I haven't visited his page in a little while. I try to visit here often, but I do get busy. It makes me sad sometimes that I have to put off coming here a lot.

      Your poem was awesome! Love visiting your page! :)

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Missy. Glad I introduced you to the new Coldplay video and that you liked the poem. It isn't always easy to find the time to do as much reading as you want. I am the same. Hope you enjoy Val's hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      I also read Val's article. Monkeys on branches are a common real-life occurrence for me. They will come down for food after the honey, but your poem reminds us that they have a great thinking capacity.

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      mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      What a gift it must be to wake up laughing. I certainly hope that peculates into a piece of writing here also. A little more work and you have yourself another children's book.

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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and entertaining. You have made it into such a beautiful poem. Enjoyed much with smiles.

      I remembered my fight with a monkey at the turning of our staircase many years ago when we were living in Varanasi. I was going down with my wife for some stroll when the monkey suddenly appeared at the turning of stairs. It was also shocked and prepared to attack. I didn't know what to do. Gathering all my courage, I struck it with my forceful punch and it got bewildered and left the place. I got some scratches on my hand but saved myself and wife. I wonder how I got that courage at that time to fight bare handed.

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      Tim Mitchell 3 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Cool! Amazing where inspiration arrives from. I love that about inspiration. I felt the monkey's feelings hanging on a branch.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for sharing that MsDora. We don't have monkeys, except in zoos so I have never interacted with one.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ye, what a great way to start the day with a laugh, Mike. I have already written a children's' book about monkeys..but this could have the makings of a sequel.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the kind comment, Venkat. Wow, that must have been a scary encounter with a monkey. You were brave to punch it. We don't have monkeys in the wild here so I have never had an encounter with one.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Tim, yes inspiration comes from the least expected places and the results often a pleasant surprise.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 3 months ago from Mumbai,India

      Would like to know the final end of this poem. Would the monkey fall down from the branch as it jiggles? Or throw away the nest of bees over the hyenas standing below?

      Nice poem with a scope for thought...

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi, radhikasree. I usually like happy endings so if I finished it off I would either having him throw the bee hive at the hyenas or have them tell the monkey the joke and all become friends. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Genna East 3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Insight always the stirs the creative mind, John. I loved this...and I liked how you ended the poem without revealing what happens next...it is left to us to imagine, as in life. So very well done. :-)

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks again, Genna. I thought I'd do something a little different with this simple poem to add a bit of extra interest.

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      Nell Rose 3 months ago from England

      There was a monkey on a branch,

      its feet were big and smelly,

      He grabbed a leaf and took a bite

      then dropped it on his belly! LOL! sorry couldn't resist! I love silly stuff!

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha, love that additional verse, Nell. Very funny. Thanks.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 months ago from Dubai

      Love your poem, enjoyed reading. I think the monkeys are bold enough to as the hyenas what is so funny!

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I like to agree with that, Vellur. Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Patricia Scott 3 months ago from sunny Florida

      Congrats on your new milestone....not surprising.....keep it up

      Angels ae on the way to you this morning ps

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi PS, I guess you are referring to my hubs being viewed 100,000 times? It has taken awhile but I am pleased to have reached that milestone. Thank you very much.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 months ago from Shelton

      What a great idea too for poetry Jodah.. voted awesome as per usual..:)

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Frank. Much appreciated.

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      Louise Powles 3 months ago from Great Yarmouth

      Yes, I can see how poetry can be inspired by dreams. This is a funny dream. I think the monkey will stay in the tree! They are very clever.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Coffeequeen. Dreams inspire many things including poetry. I think you are right that the monkey will stay safe in the tree. They certainly are clever.

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      John Ward 3 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Nice Job. I have listened to a Hyena's infectious laughter.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello, John. That is interesting, did they tell you the joke? :) Thanks for reading.

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      John Ward 3 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      No I never did learn the Joke though I am sure it must have been good. Maybe I will eventually learn what it was. In the afterlife.

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      Jill Spencer 2 months ago from United States

      This was a lot of fun-- the ideas, the meter, the rhyme, the whole bit. It made me smile. Thanks.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Jill, one of the greatest compliments to me is if what I write makes someone smile. Glad this had that effect for you. Thanks for the great comment.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this poem. It flows very well and is filled with sweet humor. I voted for the monkey to find out what the hyenas thought was so funny. LOL!

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      So glad you found this funny, Marlene. That was a good ending to vote for too :)

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      I've got an idea for the ending. The monkey laughs so hard he shakes the beehive loose which promptly falls right in front of the hyenas.

      The hyenas are laughing at the beehive when the bees come out and chase the hyenas away.

      The monkey is still on the branch, but laughs so hard it breaks and he falls

      He lands right next to the unguarded beehive and enjoys the honey.

      Really enjoyed the poem.

      Lawrence

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Lawrence. that sounds like the perfect ending :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting and lovely composition! You have such a creative mind , you can write on any subject, any thing around you can inspire you.

      The pictures are lovely too. Thanks for sharing!

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi, Chitrangada. Thank you for such a kind comment. I am often surprised by the ideas or inspirations that come to me :) Glad you enjoyed this poem and pictures.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 months ago from Central Florida

      I love your poem, John. Shoot, I love all your poems! Funny where inspiration comes from, huh?

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Shauna. Yes, inspiration is a funny thing.

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      Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I really son't think it's silly, as you claim. I think you presented a powerful message about dealing with life's obstacles. It can be a monkey, or a human. We all have hurdles to deal with from time to time.

      Your additional section where you describe what inspired you to write this poem is a nice touch. It adds the background to it that fits perfectly with the theme.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glenn, thank you for reading this and for your encouraging comment that confirms the poem does, in fact, have an important message in regard to how to approach obstacles in life.

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