The Monkey Caged and Learning

This is no easy lesson to be learned
but you will learn it nonetheless
on your knees
begging and pleading
murmuring lonesome prayers
to some God

Love is for nothing
you will learn

while lusting for nothing
wanting for nothing

and all of it is for what?

better to kill all hope and let it die with some purity
before one thought can breed another

and two always begets three
and three
four and
then five

and thoughts bred
in captivity, bound
up, is a cruel and
perverse act

there is no joy
in the caged mind

no joy at all

– A. Ramirez


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