Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing things as they're said to be.
Said one to the others, "Now listen, you two,
There's a certain rumour that can't be true,
That man descended from our noble race.
That very idea is a disgrace.
No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies or ruined her life.
And another thing you will never see,
A monk build a fence round a coconut tree,
And let the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monks to taste.
If I put a fence around this tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
Here's another thing a monk won't do,
Go out at night and get in a stew,
And use a gun or pull a knife,
To take some other monkey's life.
Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss,
But brother, he didn't descend from us."
[ Author Unknown -- from Nola (email@example.com) ]
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