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Late at night I hear the monkey’s laughing in the jungle
They are burning an effigy 
And they find it more than amusing
They find it comforting.
They built it out of broken dreams and green cards.
It was no accident that they built it
The moon and the tides gave them no choice
As it burns the night screams
And I wait for the dawn.
Tenuous as it may be I can wait
For I am still taking apart my nightmares
And putting them on the workbench to toil over
To reassemble and to ponder
I never read the instructions I just go with my gut.

As I look through the trees I see the burning light
And I wonder why it looks familiar to me.
What will the ashes tell the seer?
He was a man who lived liked an animal?  
He was anonymous to feelings and life.
Atavistic to the end, destined to die but never to live.
Up river they all seem to know the truth
It’s simple: keep the primates happy
And they will leave your soul alone.
I hang my head out of a window and howl at the moon
She smiles back benign and hopeful
I think about the other side; cold and dark
And then I realize the fire in the jungle is to drive away my fear 
And it all makes sense.

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  1. Date: 7/27/2013 9:46:00 PM
    Your work is sensational. I am a fan. I see why you placed so high in the Meltdown Contest. Well deserved win :)

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 7/27/2013 9:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The feeling is mutual. Kilmer
  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:31:00 PM
    Stephen,.. Congratulations, in the MELTDOWN contest... take care-- always~ Linda

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 7/12/2013 9:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Linda, Thanks for stopping by and reading my poem. Take care and see you on the "SOUP" TRGOFATPNE!
  1. Date: 7/10/2013 1:29:00 PM
    Very Awesome poem, Stephen. :) Congratulations on your win in Anthony's contest. Love and hugs, catie :)

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 7/10/2013 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Catie. Kind words are always welcome! TRGOFATPNE.
  1. Date: 7/9/2013 6:07:00 PM
    Great job Steve I very much enjoyed the imagery of this poem congrats on your win Anthony

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 7/9/2013 6:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Anthony. I really appreciate your vote of confidence. It is great to be recognized by your peers. Many thanks and cheers to you and your wonderful contest. "The road goes on forever and the party never ends."
  1. Date: 7/9/2013 10:05:00 AM
    Stephen congratulations on your outstanding win. Well deserved. Warm Smiles, Connie

    Kilmer Avatar Stephen Kilmer
    Date: 7/9/2013 6:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey Connie, Thanks very much. I appreciate your kind words and hope to see you around the "Soup". Cheers!