More Monkey Boy

Voice Card  -  Volume 21  -  Stuart Card Number 9  -  Thu, Aug 8, 1991 7:33 PM

This is a response to VC 20 Stuart 10 ("Princess Waterfall's Song")...

In our latest installment from THE BODY BESTIARY, we come back to our dear friend, the Monkey Boy.

This won't be the last we hear of him, but in this poem he dies. He commits suicide when he sees the object of his infatuation, a rather "tarty" high school girl named Felisha, "doing it" with a number of, shall we say, "admirers."

The poem, which, by the way, is in the voice of the Monkey Boy, is entitled "Why We Get What We Can Get: Monkey Boy Hangs Out With Squirrels and Blue Jays" (once again, you'll want to enlarge the text screen field to get the proper lineation of the poem):

"Like Mr. Buck says I'm suspended. Right.
Like Felisha, I saw yo peel down, Friday,
Near the woodshop, after the game that night.
You didn't know me; I thought, 'Infidelity,
Man, she's done it to me.' I wanted it
Good just once, Felisha; like in the trees, squirrel
Junkies on needle-thin branches shoot
Me up; blue jays bring lids in tin foil,
Then matches, 'cause those beasts were climbing my baby.
Like otters slid down your chesnut hair.
Like pumas pawed for meat where you're a lady.
You lifted, skirt like a skunk's tail. You didn't scare.
But I did. When you squealed, as you came, I let go,
Jumped, pretending, that to meet me, your hips rose. . .?