Chimp Report

Chimpanzees live about 60
years in captivity.

Just about when their careers
hit stride,

they die. No one else around, at 59 they groom

themselves and grin, showing their teeth to the mirror,

which sometimes means fear,
but in this case

means floss. The one volume of Shakespeare

they steadily typed all their
lives, those

many gestures, palms held out

as they begged, lips held

when ready for attack, who

will remember but a
half-dozen cronies

who will gather together to
eat a last termite

in their friend's honor,
gesticulate wildly

with dried branches, and sip

with worried, lip-puckered