Friday, December 8, 2017

"The Gibbon" by Ross Balcom

The Gibbon
Ross Balcom
 
sex sex sex
the moral panic

flood-tide
of accusations

flood-tide
of confessions

"I dropped my pants
at the party,

played with myself
like a gibbon,

scared everyone
silly"

the gibbon's face
on every TV

hands reaching
for our privates

run, oh run
from the gibbon

sex sex sex
the moral panic

jungle shadows
shift around us

the gibbon, the gibbon
the gibbon

Poet's Notes:  Accusations of sexual misconduct are flying thick and fast these days, with many celebrities being targeted. Why now? What is the meaning of this? The gibbon and I would like to know. 

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