#APoemADay: ‘The monkey speaks his mind’ – Mutabaruka

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The Monkey Speaks His Mind

Three monkeys sat on a coconut tree
Discussing things as they are said to be
Said one to the other, now listen you two
There is a certain rumour that can’t be true
That man descended from our noble race
The very idea is a big disgrace
No monkey ever deserted his wife
Nor her baby and ruin her life

Yeah..the monkey speaks his mind

And you never known a mother monk
To leave her baby causing it to plunk
Nor pass them on one to another
Till they scarcely knew who was their mother

Yeah…the monkey speaks his mind

And another thing you will never see
A monkey build a fence around a coconut tree
And let all the coconuts go to waste
Forbidding all other monkeys to come and taste
Now if I build a fence around this tree
Starvation will cause you to steal from me
Yeah..the monkey speaks his mind

Here is another thing a monkey won’t do
Go out at night and get on a stew
Or use a gun a club or a knife
To take another monkey’s life
Yes, man, descended, the worthless bum
But my God, brothers, from us, he did not come!

Yeah..the monkey speaks his mind

[Courtesy – www.mutabaruka.com]

About Mutabaruka

Born in Kingston Jamaica in 1952, Allan Mutabaruka is a dub poet who has performed on international stages such as Speak the Mind and Def Jam. Inspired by interrogations of black history and consciousness, the psychological effects of imperialism and colonialism, religion and modern day narratives, he is well known for his social commentary, which is reflected in his poems.


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