Always Evolving

Always Evolving


There in the fold

of the Smarter Living

section of today’s paper


are the results

of gorilla research.


Menopausal gorillas

show no interest in

their own grandchildren


often traveling apart

from their own tribe.


Seems sensible to me.


No dropping in

to drop off kids

for the day





you’re not doing




All I can see

in a kid’s eyes


is that sparking fuse

headed for a day-long

explosion of energy.


I know

I can’t

outlast him.


It just seems

more reasonable

to slip off alone

behind the campfire

and sip wine

from a Dixie cup


with the other gorillas.

Author: William Peters

William Peters is a narrative poet who finds the occasional humor in growing old, past events, familiar objects, and even relationships. His poetry reads like a snapshot in time.

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