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Dirty Filthy Monkeys

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Dirty Filthy Monkeys

Deep words 
fill up and spill out,
complicating what was happy
to remain simple. 

Seriousness is a dirty joke 
that happens to sound clean.
Why cover the meaningless
with pain?
We could laugh.

We could run
for the feel of the wind,
the burn of restless legs.

Instead we like things dressed 
in flashy pedantics,
habitual mess.
We're lethargic, but compressed
by our ways of labeling time.

Now it's hard, the easiest fun
looks dirty and unsophisticated.
Our swing sets rust

as we grow up fast, 
to sip our wine from fancy cups.

We're too busy to learn
about a place in Africa where certain kinds
of monkeys exchange sexual favors 
for food sharing and friendship.
Maybe we should try this again.

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