Putting our Heads Together

Putting our Heads Together
I don't think he sees me

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Good, The Bad, and The Orangutan

Intelligent, intent eyes stare out from the photograph
Stick; cheroot-like, poised to one side of its mouth
The orangutan presents as some ape version of Eastwood
Starring in an old Spaghetti Western opposite Eli Wallach

It is a quiet creature like cowboy Eastwood
But for different reasons as understood by the Malays
Who believe that the orangutan believes that
If it spoke, it would be compelled into labor

Compelled to labor, as if man ever needed
Proof of speech or any reason
To bend the back of an animal
To forced work in the field

Work would not work for the orangutan
Simply surviving is difficult enough
On the list of the endangered
Making it to tomorrow is its primal concern

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