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THE MONKEY'S FOLLY

O God, most tolerant of foolishness,
I scratch my head: am I a favorite son?
Although my face looks ancient as the hills
And I devour bananas by the ton?

I can't be serious -- you have not made me so.
You'll have to love me as I am: a clown,
Swinging along and screeching like a fool,
And sometimes praying hanging upside-down.

Am I your favorite? Look, I'll make a face,
Hang by my tail, yawn like a crocodile,
Seek out your fleas, dear God, if you have some --
It is enough if I but make you smile.  

Deep in my heart there is one serious place
Where I retreat for hurricanes at night,
Clinging to you with all my clownish strength,
Hoping the One I cling to's holding tight.




from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary

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