Nestled in and laxly snored
To dreams about a younger, wilder jungle.
He dreamt of days before his birth
When apes recalled a hero's worth
Chimps were chimps and each monkey had an uncle.
He dreamt a wild and simple time
When, as intended, 'twere no crime
To jump and claw and chase and bite and pillage.
The babies acted reverently
Toward mighty males, such as he,
And each new tree could be tomorrow's village.
Oh, glory! How the she-beasts knew
To move and stretch and preen and do
What must be done to keep a king like him for keeping.
But the gorilla was brusquely awakened,
The dream of glory cruelly taken,
When a boy outside yelled "look, mama! He's sleeping!"
The jungle of gorillish dreams,
Comes from stories, so it seems,
Told of adventures, warfare, famine and disasters
By exhibits to their own sweet brood
Of days gone by beyond the zoo
Where humans teach their children they are masters.
BOY, n. A transitional stage between primate and slave.