The Self Portrait of a Monkey
as a Scholar
My talent is as long as my tail,
perhaps thicker than my whiskers,
my shrieks creep into jungle soup.
My teeth chatter when I lecture
and my nose scratches like chalk.
Until I scream at a snake hissing,
My mate picks fleas from my fur
which I kill with my teeth. I hunger
for knowledge. Awesome!
— Harry Waitzman
May 21, 2012