From Cloaked Monk’s March Challenge:

On this day in 1789, Congress met for the first time. Reflect on politics, government, structures of power.

The form I chose for today’s poem is the choka.

Frodo Chimpanzee
ascending the hierarchy
challenging his way
through the ranks of the females
even including
the watching human woman
a part of his life
studying him since his birth
family member
acceptance relegates her
just another step
on his climb to dominance
influence growing
power and authority
the ranks of the males
succumb to his bullying
finally alpha
strongest leader of the troop
sovereignty unchallenged

Jane Goodall

Please visit The Jane Goodall Institute for more information on the research at Gombe.

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