Thursday, September 16, 2010

O what the hell?

We Are Still

We are still -
We are still
apes
We are still -
ashamed of our nakedness.

We are still
Waiting -
We are still
Apes

How long til evolution catches up to our vanity ?

Sometimes a faint zephyr of hope stirs the air around me -
Sometimes I think we may be human after all.

Sand through the glass

16 Comments:

Blogger Helen said...

Thought provoking .... what the hell indeed. Nicely done.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

and then you cut on the tv and realise we are apes...smiles. nice sting to your mag!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Reflections said...

Nice depth...

8:32 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Oh I do like this!

3:36 AM  
Blogger kathew said...

Your work always me pause and think twice....evolution at work

11:28 AM  
Blogger Berowne said...

Good thinking, well expressed

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Very nicely done. It certainly has a message to think about.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

Better a still ape than a raging gorilla.

Rene

3:45 PM  
Blogger Tumblewords: said...

It does cause one to wonder...nice work...

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Susannah said...

Oooh I like this, subtle but powerful. Nice writing!

5:35 AM  
Blogger Kristen Haskell said...

When I take precious time away from my writing and watch the news, I am forced to agree with your words here. Great job!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Apes indeed,
some of us more than others,
apes in suits,
apes piloting machines,
apes in love,
seventy simians marching
in perfect drill order, all
with their Space Odyssey
femurs on their shoulder,
at the ready;
apes on wall street,
under it, over it , in it,
apes on the subway
mugging the elderly,
apes in the park,
after midnight, wearing
motorcycle leathers
and carrying pink handkerchiefs;
apes in the desert, on the prairies,
holding public office,
writing those Geiko caveman ads,
apes in scuba gear,
in hard hats, climbing the oil
rigs in the gulf, smeared with
oil and blood and cash,
apes on the stage spouting
the classics unintelligibly,
apes on rollercoasters on
roller skates with no safety
belts, apes in the forest
growing huge and smarter
every decade, apes in the
ice, under the water grabbing
the big trout, bitch-slapping
beavers; apes in college teaching
all the classes, apes in tanks
spitting out irradiated shells
like peanut husks, apes in
the Air Force, in gliders,
in lighter-than-air craft,
apes in the police force,
the vanguard, the killing
end of the riot squads,
apes in the Vatican,
wearing miters and ravaging
choir boys, apes in the
Mormon Tabernacle
choir hitting the low notes.
Apes in my family, and in
my mirror, needing dental
work and hair styling;
and white apes in the
public libraries watching
porn on public computers.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Priyanka Bhowmick said...

very deep.. well written

10:25 PM  
Blogger willow said...

How long til evolution catches up to our vanity? Thought provoking question, Lane. Nice.

(Glenn has been watching too many Planet of the Apes flicks.)

10:05 AM  
Blogger Lydia said...

It is a great experience to read your Magpie while listening to your music. Such talent!

12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane!!
Among the many, many other women commenting here, the LL also liked your poetry and would like to read more.
Tschüß,
Anonomann + LL

7:46 AM  

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