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Ape - Poem by Russell Edson

You haven't finished your ape, said mother to father,
who had monkey hair and blood on his whiskers.

I've had enough monkey, cried father.

You didn't eat the hands, and I went to all the
trouble to make onion rings for its fingers, said mother.

I'll just nibble on its forehead, and then I've had enough,
said father.

I stuffed its nose with garlic, just like you like it, said
mother.

Why don't you have the butcher cut these apes up? You lay
the whole thing on the table every night; the same fractured
skull, the same singed fur; like someone who died horribly. These
aren't dinners, these are post-mortem dissections.

Try a piece of its gum, I've stuffed its mouth with bread,
said mother.

Ugh, it looks like a mouth full of vomit. How can I bite into
its cheek with bread spilling out of its mouth? cried father.

Break one of the ears off, they're so crispy, said mother.

I wish to hell you'd put underpants on these apes; even a
jockstrap, screamed father.

Father, how dare you insinuate that I see the ape as anything
more thn simple meat, screamed mother.

Well what's with this ribbon tied in a bow on its privates?
screamed father.

Are you saying that I am in love with this vicious creature?
That I would submit my female opening to this brute? That after
we had love on the kitchen floor I would put him in the oven, after
breaking his head with a frying pan; and then serve him to my husband,
that my husband might eat the evidence of my infidelity . . . ?

I'm just saying that I'm damn sick of ape every night,
cried father.


Comments about Ape by Russell Edson

  • Rookie Tired of Being Exploited (6/1/2007 12:42:00 PM)

    Russell Edson has reminded me
    of the significance of ribbons tied round
    ape balls making neat little packages
    and also that voluntary negations
    preempting allegation are very telling (Report) Reply

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Poems About Father

  1. 1. Ape , Russell Edson
  2. 2. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  3. 3. The Odyssey: Book 1 , Homer
  4. 4. The Old Man's Comforts And How He Gained.. , Robert Southey
  5. 5. Illahi Nama (Book Of God) , Farīd ud-Dīn Attar Abū Hamīd ..
  6. 6. (670) A Prayer For David Harris , Melvina Germain
  7. 7. A Presentiment , William Cullen Bryant
  8. 8. The Wreck Of The Golfer , Banjo Paterson
  9. 9. # # Bastard Son's Story , Sonya Florentino
  10. 10. Hymn For Atonement Day , Yehudah HaLevi
  11. 11. A Last Confession , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  12. 12. (240) Thank You Father -Prayer For .. , Melvina Germain
  13. 13. The Iliad: Book 24 , Homer
  14. 14. A Ballad , James Whitcomb Riley
  15. 15. A Soldier's Reprieve , William Topaz McGonagall
  16. 16. The Last Oracle , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  17. 17. (028) A Sunday Prayer For Our Lost S.. , Melvina Germain
  18. 18. Tamar , Robinson Jeffers
  19. 19. Victor , WH Auden
  20. 20. (230) Prayer For Our Children-Sept... , Melvina Germain
  21. 21. *(Hide And Seek) * , Allen Steble
  22. 22. English Eclogues V - The Witch , Robert Southey
  23. 23. Returning Of Issue , Henry Reed
  24. 24. My Father, With His Arthritic Hands , Rani Turton
  25. 25. (567) A Prayer For The Different Pe.. , Melvina Germain
  26. 26. The Blind Girl , William Topaz McGonagall
  27. 27. (495) Father , Melvina Germain
  28. 28. Father And Son , Delmore Schwartz
  29. 29. (702) Poemhunters A Family Needs Yo.. , Melvina Germain
  30. 30. (719) Father (Sunday Prayer) , Melvina Germain
  31. 31. (715) Father-You Are My All , Melvina Germain
  32. 32. Father....Who Are You? , Mary Ann Najjar
  33. 33. The Cenci : A Tragedy In Five Acts , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  34. 34. A Railroad Eclogue , Walter Savage Landor
  35. 35. (984) A Sunday Prayer Of Thanks , Melvina Germain
  36. 36. A Hidden Life , George MacDonald
  37. 37. Give Your Heart To The Hawks , Robinson Jeffers
  38. 38. (716) Father Unite Us , Melvina Germain
  39. 39. (604) Save Them Father , Melvina Germain
  40. 40. (717) Father I Love You , Melvina Germain
  41. 41. (718) Poemhunters-Hurt No More , Melvina Germain
  42. 42. My Father, My Father , Dakota Ellerton
  43. 43. The Beggar's Daughter Of Bednall-Green , Anonymous Olde English
  44. 44. The Iliad: Book 5 , Homer
  45. 45. Hermann And Dorothea - Ii. Terpsichore , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  46. 46. Hermann And Dorothea - V. Polyhymnia , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  47. 47. A Man's Best Friend(Not A Poem, But A St.. , Chom Chom
  48. 48. Peruvian Tales: Aciloe, Tale V , Helen Maria Williams
  49. 49. Reincarnation: Chapter Nine , Lonnie Hicks
  50. 50. Within And Without: Part Iv: A Dramatic .. , George MacDonald
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