Rialto


About friends
I learned from a chimpanzee,
about love from a crash
into a dark place.

To leap I learned
from a man who threw himself
singing
                 from vine to vine
put there by the divine
or some grip.

I ate with fingers
and let peels fall
where they may.

Names I learned by candlelight
as chimps came to call
     laughing
I could talk.

Gibberish to some—

a man and a boy,
     a woman
living in a tree.   
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