Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Truth about the Evolution of Man!

 "Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree,
   Discussing things as they’re said to be."

Said one to the others, "Now listen you two,
   There’s a certain rumour that can’t be true,
   That man descended from our noble race -
 The very idea,'tis a dire disgrace!
   No monkey ever deserted his wife,
   Starved her baby and ruined her life.

And you’ve never known a mother monk
   To leave her baby with others to bunk,
   Or pass them on from one to another
   Till they hardly know who is their mother.

  And another thing you will never see
   A monk build a fence around a coconut tree,
   And let the coconuts go to waste
   Forbidding all other monks a taste.

   Why, if I put a fence around this tree,
   Starvation would force you to steal from me.

 Here’s another thing a monk won’t do:
   Go out at night and get in a stew,
   Or use a gun, or club, or knife,
   To take some other monkey’s life.

  Yes!  Man descended, the ornery cuss,
   But brothers, he didn’t descend from us!" [Author Unknown]

Yes...that's the truth about the evolution of man!

And now, if you'll excuse us, we're off to tend to important monkey-business!

[ own dear, sweet Mother, prompted by the pictures I posted of the baboons admiring the view of Franschhoek from the mountain pass.]

I just had to share this with up will be the continuation of the Franschhoek post.


  1. Oh my gosh we sure have digressed. I sent this once and don't know what happened to it - so if you get it twice you will know why.

    We watch Chimp Eden every morning - filmed in South Africa - Eugene is the man's name he is like Crocodile Hunter for chimps.

    Wonderful show.

  2. This was delightful, even if monkeys aren't always sweet and do kill other monkeys--LOL! You got so many pictures of them! I can't imagine how it would be to see them close up without bars or a TV screen. They are magnificent! Thanks to your mom. :):)

  3. O no !!! that my man??????....hahhhahahahhaha!! from

  4. Your mom is so talented - hope we get to hear more of her poems.... the words are so true, thanks for sharing that.

  5. Yes, it's pretty sad how man treats his fellow man. Love the monkey pictures, especially the baby monkeys. They are so cute.

  6. Oh I love this. It is very funny if only it was not also true. B

  7. I enjoyed this very much, Desiree! Humans have little reason to pound their chests like gorillas and proclaim that they're superior to the apes and other highly developed life forms. We can learn a great deal about love, family, commitment and sacrifice from the animal kingdom. It reminds me of The Thing, the classic 1951 Howard Hawks' horror/sci-fi movie. In that film, humans were reluctant to believe that the plant kingdom also has intelligent species that can think and communicate such as the telegraph vine and the century plant. Stern: "Intelligence in plants and vegetables is an old story, Mr. Scott. Older even than the animal arrogance that has overlooked it.” Thank you very much for the wonderful animal pictures, Desiree, and I eagerly await your next post, dear friend!

  8. Haha - a great sentiment. Having researched chimpanzees (not monkeys) quite thoroughly, I can tell you that they are not quite as sweet as the monkeys you have portrayed above. They can be very violent, even within their own family systems.

    I'd like to think we are moving towards understanding and not away!

  9. Always lovely to run across other Desiree's! Found you through Rita's blog! :)

  10. Very well said and there is a valuable lesson in their story. You're on a roll Des. Great post.
    Can't wait for your next continuation post. Have a great rest of the week.

  11. Dear Desiree, please thank your Mother for this delightful poem, which captures, unfortunately many of the flaws and faults of humans.

    I so liked reading the poem and seeing the photographs. Your country seems so beautiful to me.
    I do hope that some day I can visit there. The gardens, the animals, the mountains, the villages.

    I still say, "You need to write travelogues!"


  12. That was great. Loved the monkey's thoughts about man!!!

  13. Dearest Desiree,
    What a MARVELOUS story with pictures.
    You've taught me the words "ornery.cuss" and reminded me the ideom of "get in a stew". Oh, I totally agree with you that human beings are sort of the most selfish creature (hope that is what your saying and I'm not exaggerating)
    I loved the way they look really relaxed and must be a loving family♡♡♡
    Really enjoyed the gorgeous show, thank you very much☆☆☆
    Love and Lots of Hugs to you, Orchid*

  14. I love this one, and the pics are beautiful.

  15. Wonderful poem, whoever wrote it! It was perfect for these photos. What a lovely place you live in, with these sweet creatures to watch.

    I really enjoyed this post!

  16. Lovely pics and how sad that this poem is so true.

  17. You know Des, I had some similar thoughts when I saw your pictures with the baboons. They make quite the lovely family!


  18. Maybe humans will pull down those fences, at least the ones around their minds.

  19. Oh I couldn't agree more! I just love that! And the pictures go along perfectly! Loveitloveitloveit!!!

  20. This was something really different, and I so enjoyed it! I agree, please thank your dear mum for the poem, which just fits with the lovely photos so well. They look like such a happy little family of primates! Humans can be very selfish.

  21. I LOVED THIS! lol I'm back lady! I put my mom on a plane this morning and finally stopped crying. :( I love these pictures. What a lucky woman you are to be able to see such sites!!!

  22. Oh dear--thank your mother for the wonderful poem. Hilarious and true!!
    Of course I'm smitten by your photos--again.

  23. Wonderful pictures -- and a terrific poem.

  24. Hahahahaha!!
    Hilarious, Des!! I've always known that you have the most amazing gift for captioning, but I guess I needed a little reminding about truly how awesome you are.. :D :D

  25. This sheds a whole new light on the question of evolution!

    Great poem. Home truths expressed through humour.

  26. That is a great poem.

    I loved your post and the photographs are fantastic!


    Have a great weekend.

    x Fiona

  27. We could learn a great deal to learn from animals and birds.

  28. oh i love your monkeys!! and in the wild!!

    oh, if only we could all just get the monkeys!! :)


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