Sunday, 15 March 2015


Lately the plague of monkeys I keep in the blue hut
on the bridge of regrets
has been making an unholy racket every night by
rustling their dry nest bits
and making their chrrrr chrrrr chrrrr noises, the ones
they've been making since just after they were born.
A sweet  enough sound - but loud once they all get going.

They must be agitated because mostly they're silent
and it's just the African Grays out on the rotting deck
that can't keep their blasphemous mouths shut, who
I have to worry about
But as long as I keep a coverlet over the cage at night,
they're kind enough to be silent.

Now - it's both monkeys and parrots - some someone put
a huge tear in the bird cloth
and no matter how carefully I fix it over the cage, it
falls open every night
and I awake to one or both of them, squawking:
"fuck fuck fuck - hear me? hear me?  fuck fuck fuck".

Of course, I hear them - I'd have to be bloody deaf
to not hear them; even with earplugs I hear them.
And I'm sure everybody thinks I taught them the words
but I don't think so, or if I did, I don't remember.
I wish I could be shut of the whole lot but they're my
family, you can't just rid yourself of family
You have to keep family...that's the rules.


  1. Forgive me for laughing. Relax, everyone has a family we are all in the same boat.

  2. That is funny...I guess we don't always get what we expect ;)

  3. Thanks for the laughter, it really is the best way to deal with family,


  4. You certainly can't change them..but covering them up with a cloth may help a little ;)

  5. It gets onto our nerves. Strange things can happen in strange ways! But they are forgiven in our hearts of hearts. The family stays intact!


  6. But can't we ignore the rules once in a while? Especially for our own sanity's sake?

    Another Baja Whirl

  7. Love what you did with this. Clever writing, with lots of humor.


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