Ode To Yerkes
They tell me now that apes can speak--
Language in man is not unique.
A chimpanzee, in fact, they say
Is learning so much day by day
That soon his kind he'll leave behind
In searching for his fluent way.
I'm not so sure I like to think
Of Chaucer with a simian wink,
Or Shakespeare penning, picking fleas,
A Hamlet swinging through the trees;
Some difference, if inferenced
Would greatly set my mind at ease.
Alas! I fear my hope is dead!
For I recall I've hear the tread
Of many a talking ape before
Come boldly thrusting through the door.
One can't appeal, when I reveal,
'Tis just one politician more...
Christopher J. Cramer
April 12, 1981