The Descent of Man

How can one know if he
or she is a monkey or no-monkey—
this some monkey too?

First, shed your old skin.
Imagine yourself doing this on the sands.

Then, pick over the still warm keratins
from those which do not outlast
the mathematics of getting old.
You are lucky if you can scoop
a mountain from the leftovers.

In any case, it is easy to sort it out:

if you are unsure whether you are
a monkey or a newborn child,
then you are lost in your skin
as it gathers age before your time
pans out in the savannah
searching for your lost tribe.


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