Intelligent monkey

Don't waste even a drop of juice, says the monkey. Photo by Sharadha
Don’t waste even a drop of juice, says the monkey. Photo by Sharadha

God’s creations are in millions
Myriad hues of worms and insects, birds and animals
Plethora of plants and trees, flowers and fruits!

Great indeed is the species of monkeys
Intelligent and industrious
Innocent looking and individualistic
Unpredictable and imponderable!

Sits in pensive mood and thoughtful face
As I enjoy that pose for a while
Fast and swift in movement
Jumps on to a tree
Hops from branch to branch
No matter how slim is the branch!

A monkey in driver's seat at Kodaikanal Photo by Sharadha
A monkey in driver’s seat at Kodaikanal Photo by Sharadha

Variety of monkeys difficult to visualize
Imitating you and me intelligently what we do!

Envied the creation- the ease with which
It jumps from height to height
Admired its compassion as it carries its kid in chest
Appreciated the discipline as it moves one behind the other in file!

Ashamed at times at the way we behave
A boy in his early teens, opens the water tap on the road
Quenches his thirst, leaves the tap unclosed!

Sitting in a train while it stopped at a station
Watched an intelligent monkey – my pet
Opening the tap, drank the water to its needs
Closing the tap as if to conserve
Went ahead with its jumping spree!

Winged my thoughts to the days of Ram
Army of monkeys helping build the bridge
Across the ocean to Sri Lanka of yore
Sure can not be figment of imagination!

(This poem is based on real and actual observation and not imagined one. I was travelling from Chennai to Kadapa and this intelligent monkey was seen in action in the Rajampeta railway Station.)

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