Odyssey from Africa 6b

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Odyssey from Africa 6b

CHAPTER 6 b (continued...)


Glowing insects and night-crawlers
Shuffling on the ground below them
Moments later they were sleeping 
Near their hominid companions 
 
In our present day, gorillas
Tend to sleep near to ground level
But their Pleistocene forefathers
Nested higher in the branches 
 
Keeping safe from forest hunters
Sabertooths and others like them
Han and Kwona and the Children 
Soundly slept high in their tree-house
 
When they finally awakened
Morning sun had long since risen
By their nest a few gorillas
Had a pile of hard-shelled berries 
 
Balanced on some leaves and branches;
With their teeth they cracked them open
Gathered up the opened kernels  
Held them out toward the children 
 
Matto and her sister Lisa
Took and ate the proffered items
Disregarding thoughts of hygiene 
For the reason of politeness 
 
Han and Kwona then did likewise
So they feasted on the berries 
Their gorilla hosts provided
And felt much the better for it
 
To the business of the daytime 
Now the troop turned their attention 
As the silverback group leader
Beckoned Han and Matto forward 
 
To accompanied the leader
And a chosen group of menfolk 
On patrol, to check for danger
Round the border of their kingdom
 
Thus dividing as to gender
Kwona and her daughter Lisa
Were recruited by the females 
Foraging for nuts and berries 
 
Each group journeyed through the forest 
On the ground or in the branches 
Sometimes swinging from the foliage 
Strength and skill were greatly tested
 
Then some younger male gorillas 
Turned their curious attention 
To the items Han was carrying 
Boomerang and stone-edged hatchet 
 
As they walked into a clearing
Han gave them a demonstration 
Launched the boomerang flat-spinning 
So it swiftly skimmed the grass-stems
 
Then inflected sharply upwards
Banking sideways and returning
To the rapt, astonished gazes
Of their giant ape companions
 
Grunts and mutters of approval 
Broke out from the watching primates
One young male retrieved the wing-form,
Curiously he felt and weighed it
 
Then he tried to swing and throw it
Imitating Han's delivery 
But the wing was facing downward 
And it crashed into the bushes
 
Han now gave the ape instruction
In the method of the launching 
So not many minutes later
He achieved a fair trajectory 
 
Then across the grassy clearing 
There arrived another party
Of the females and the infants
Almost all the troop was gathered

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