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Monkey On A Branch - a Poem

John is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

Monkey on a branch

Monkey on a branch

Monkey On A Branch

I see a monkey on a branch,

It's such a vivid dream.

Even after I awake

So very real it seems.


A monkey looks down from his perch,

Surveys the scene below.

Decides he's better where he is,

Content with what he knows.


Why would he put himself at risk

To brave the world unknown.

Danger may lurk behind each turn,

Unless the way is shown.

The monkey raids a wild bees' nest,

Delighting in sweet honey.

Down below hyenas laugh

But he doesn't know what's funny.


Their laughter is infectious, though,

The monk can't help but giggle.

And the hyenas both look up

As the branch begins to jiggle.

Hyenas laughing

Hyenas laughing

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Inspired by a Dream

This poem was actually inspired by my friend and fellow hubber ValKaras (Vladimir Karas), or more accurately by his wife and a dream she had. Here is Val's account of that moment as told in his hub The Fun Factor. For Val's explanation you need to read his hub.

"I'll probably never forget that night when I was awakened by my wife's loud laughing in her sleep. It was so childishly, genuinely happy laughter that I couldn't help but join her, like an idiot not knowing what was so funny.

Well, poor thing, she tried to tell me, but she could not make it past first few words, because she got another wave of laughter mixed with tears. After a few attempts she finally managed to say it through laughter.

You would never think what made her laugh so much in her dream. Four words : "Monkey on a branch". With my half-sleeping mind at first I couldn't get it, just like you can't now. "O.K., monkey on a branch...and then what?" - I begged, trying to make some sense out of it. No, she just gave me another couple of rounds of slowly simmering down laughter, helplessly shaking her head, and then fell back to sleep like a log, replacing all that laughter with a gentle snoring."

Anyway, in my comment on Val's hub I told him I was inspired to write a poem or a song using the title "Monkey on a Branch." So that is what I did. I hope you like it, Val (even though it is silly).

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 26, 2020:

There is nothing wrong wit rereading something MsB, as long as you still enjoy it a second time. I have done the same now and then. Thank you. have a great weekend.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 26, 2020:

John, I came back and reread this poem. I don't remember reading it, but I commented so I know I did. It was fun to read again. I'm sure I enjoyed it just as much the first time.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 26, 2020:

Thank you Prithviraj. Much appreciated.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on June 26, 2020:

Very funny poem. I loved it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 10, 2017:

Glenn, thank you for reading this and for your encouraging comment that confirms the poem does, in fact, have an important message in regard to how to approach obstacles in life.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on March 09, 2017:

I really son't think it's silly, as you claim. I think you presented a powerful message about dealing with life's obstacles. It can be a monkey, or a human. We all have hurdles to deal with from time to time.

Your additional section where you describe what inspired you to write this poem is a nice touch. It adds the background to it that fits perfectly with the theme.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 06, 2017:

Thank you, Shauna. Yes, inspiration is a funny thing.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 06, 2017:

I love your poem, John. Shoot, I love all your poems! Funny where inspiration comes from, huh?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 06, 2017:

Hi, Chitrangada. Thank you for such a kind comment. I am often surprised by the ideas or inspirations that come to me :) Glad you enjoyed this poem and pictures.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2017:

Interesting and lovely composition! You have such a creative mind , you can write on any subject, any thing around you can inspire you.

The pictures are lovely too. Thanks for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 28, 2017:

Thanks Lawrence. that sounds like the perfect ending :)

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on February 28, 2017:

John

I've got an idea for the ending. The monkey laughs so hard he shakes the beehive loose which promptly falls right in front of the hyenas.

The hyenas are laughing at the beehive when the bees come out and chase the hyenas away.

The monkey is still on the branch, but laughs so hard it breaks and he falls

He lands right next to the unguarded beehive and enjoys the honey.

Really enjoyed the poem.

Lawrence

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 25, 2017:

So glad you found this funny, Marlene. That was a good ending to vote for too :)

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 25, 2017:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this poem. It flows very well and is filled with sweet humor. I voted for the monkey to find out what the hyenas thought was so funny. LOL!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 21, 2017:

Hi Jill, one of the greatest compliments to me is if what I write makes someone smile. Glad this had that effect for you. Thanks for the great comment.

Jill Spencer from United States on February 21, 2017:

This was a lot of fun-- the ideas, the meter, the rhyme, the whole bit. It made me smile. Thanks.

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on February 18, 2017:

No I never did learn the Joke though I am sure it must have been good. Maybe I will eventually learn what it was. In the afterlife.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 12, 2017:

Hello, John. That is interesting, did they tell you the joke? :) Thanks for reading.

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on February 12, 2017:

Nice Job. I have listened to a Hyena's infectious laughter.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 09, 2017:

Hi Coffeequeen. Dreams inspire many things including poetry. I think you are right that the monkey will stay safe in the tree. They certainly are clever.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 09, 2017:

Yes, I can see how poetry can be inspired by dreams. This is a funny dream. I think the monkey will stay in the tree! They are very clever.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 08, 2017:

Thanks Frank. Much appreciated.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 08, 2017:

What a great idea too for poetry Jodah.. voted awesome as per usual..:)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 08, 2017:

Hi PS, I guess you are referring to my hubs being viewed 100,000 times? It has taken awhile but I am pleased to have reached that milestone. Thank you very much.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 08, 2017:

Congrats on your new milestone....not surprising.....keep it up

Angels ae on the way to you this morning ps

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2017:

I like to agree with that, Vellur. Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed it.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 05, 2017:

Love your poem, enjoyed reading. I think the monkeys are bold enough to as the hyenas what is so funny!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2017:

Haha, love that additional verse, Nell. Very funny. Thanks.

Nell Rose from England on February 05, 2017:

There was a monkey on a branch,

its feet were big and smelly,

He grabbed a leaf and took a bite

then dropped it on his belly! LOL! sorry couldn't resist! I love silly stuff!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2017:

Thanks again, Genna. I thought I'd do something a little different with this simple poem to add a bit of extra interest.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 05, 2017:

Insight always the stirs the creative mind, John. I loved this...and I liked how you ended the poem without revealing what happens next...it is left to us to imagine, as in life. So very well done. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2017:

Hi, radhikasree. I usually like happy endings so if I finished it off I would either having him throw the bee hive at the hyenas or have them tell the monkey the joke and all become friends. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on February 03, 2017:

Would like to know the final end of this poem. Would the monkey fall down from the branch as it jiggles? Or throw away the nest of bees over the hyenas standing below?

Nice poem with a scope for thought...

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2017:

Tim, yes inspiration comes from the least expected places and the results often a pleasant surprise.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2017:

Thanks for the kind comment, Venkat. Wow, that must have been a scary encounter with a monkey. You were brave to punch it. We don't have monkeys in the wild here so I have never had an encounter with one.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2017:

Ye, what a great way to start the day with a laugh, Mike. I have already written a children's' book about monkeys..but this could have the makings of a sequel.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2017:

Thanks for sharing that MsDora. We don't have monkeys, except in zoos so I have never interacted with one.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on February 03, 2017:

Cool! Amazing where inspiration arrives from. I love that about inspiration. I felt the monkey's feelings hanging on a branch.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on February 02, 2017:

Very interesting and entertaining. You have made it into such a beautiful poem. Enjoyed much with smiles.

I remembered my fight with a monkey at the turning of our staircase many years ago when we were living in Varanasi. I was going down with my wife for some stroll when the monkey suddenly appeared at the turning of stairs. It was also shocked and prepared to attack. I didn't know what to do. Gathering all my courage, I struck it with my forceful punch and it got bewildered and left the place. I got some scratches on my hand but saved myself and wife. I wonder how I got that courage at that time to fight bare handed.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 02, 2017:

What a gift it must be to wake up laughing. I certainly hope that peculates into a piece of writing here also. A little more work and you have yourself another children's book.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 02, 2017:

I also read Val's article. Monkeys on branches are a common real-life occurrence for me. They will come down for food after the honey, but your poem reminds us that they have a great thinking capacity.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Thank you Missy. Glad I introduced you to the new Coldplay video and that you liked the poem. It isn't always easy to find the time to do as much reading as you want. I am the same. Hope you enjoy Val's hub.

Missy Smith from Florida on February 02, 2017:

Lol... Nonsense is fun! And I have never seen the Coldplay video. I'm surprised, because I love them.

I need to go to Val's page and read that story about his wife's dream. I haven't visited his page in a little while. I try to visit here often, but I do get busy. It makes me sad sometimes that I have to put off coming here a lot.

Your poem was awesome! Love visiting your page! :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Hmm, that is certainly another possibility I didn't think do Clive. Thanks for that.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on February 02, 2017:

What if that monkey was actually bitten by the Zombie virus and ate the hyenas?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Hi MizB. That alligator wrestling can be a tough gig, especially before lunch :) so glad this provided a little light relief and improved your day. I like to think scenario number one was it too, but you never know. You are right, dreams can be downright crazy at times. I hope you enjoy Val's hub too.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 02, 2017:

John, that poem is so much fun! I had just wrestled an alligator before lunch and probably lost, so I really needed that to make my day. I voted no. 1 in your little poll because I try to be an optimist, but realistically, the monkey probably fell off the branch and got et up. Aren't dreams silly? Somehow I missed Vlad's hub, now I'll have to go back and read it. I think you could write a poem with feeling about anything.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 02, 2017:

Okie Dokie..Hee..

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Thank you, Ruby. You are too kind. Writing poetry for clients on Fiverr requires me to write on almost any subject requested. It is up to you to decide what the monkey did :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Hi, Val. I was hoping you read this and I couldn't have hoped for a better response. So glad it added a little extra pleasure to your, and your wife's, morning. Thank her again for the inspiration, and may you both wake laughing from your sleep each day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Thank you, Shirl. Yes, even the silliest writing often holds a message of some sort. Glad you enjoyed this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Bill, it surprises me continually what inspires me. Even more, the results. Thanks for your generous comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Very insightful, whonu. You explained the meaning of this little poem perfectly. Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 02, 2017:

I do believe you could write a poem on any subject. This one was giddy and cute. Did the monkey throw the beehive at the hyena?

Val Karas from Canada on February 02, 2017:

Hey, John, my old buddy, you just brought a moment of pure delight to our morning with this wonderful piece of poetry! My wife and I both greatly appreciate your very talented expression of the way my hub inspired you. She never knew until now that I used her nightly laughing episode in a hub, so she had an additional fun while reviving it in memory and now matching it to your poem. Thank you, my friend, for making our morning even more pleasurable start of this gift of another day. - Your friend Val

Shirley Urso-Farmer from Michigan on February 02, 2017:

Great poem Jodah! I think it has so much more meaning than it first appears, but I do love the silliness of it too :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 02, 2017:

I love the creative mind. We are surrounded by inspiration, and if we are open to it, things like this flow from it. Fantastic!

whonunuwho from United States on February 02, 2017:

I suppose we might compare each of us as a monkey on a branch. Whether we survive depends upon how serious we take life and respond to it. Well done my friend. whonu

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Thank you, vasantha. Much appreciated :)

vasantha T k from Bangalore on February 02, 2017:

nice poem, the image is very cute!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Always great to get a comment from you, Nadine. So glad you enjoyed this poem. Thank you.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 02, 2017:

Ha ha what a lovely poem. Its also a good reflection of ourselves, being an observer of the live around us. Enjoyed it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2017:

Thank you for being first to read this, Sakina. So glad you like it. Thanks for the compliment.

Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on February 02, 2017:

Nice job with this poem Jodah! You have a great talent for poetry. Love it! :)