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LOON’S BOON

Monkey Cliff

God was struck with Wonderment
As none under His Firmament
Had ever asked for a boon,
Such as wanted by Mr.Loon.

“Evolution, O Lord, I do hail;
But please return me my tail.
For, every time I see a monkey,
I turn green with envy.

Oh, Things I could happily do
If only I had a tail too;
Hang upside down from a tree
And read a book, swinging free!

Hold a cell phone or what I like,
With both hands still on the bike;
Drink coffee, tea or whatever,
Even while holding the newspaper.”

Hearing this from Mr. Loon,
God fell in a great swoon.
When last we heard-
Mr Loon
Is still awaiting his boon,
Hoping God will recover soon.


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