Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Simian Anxiety - Three Word Wednesday

This is Three Word Wednesday and Thom has given us Enigmatic; Gruesome; Irritate.

To see other offerings, both stories and poems, click on this link to find the contributor list. By the way, this is week 440 by Thom's count. That is basically eight and a half years of Three Word Wednesday. I know Thom wanted to quit a while back and we wouldn't let him. I guess this is his version of penance for being a very bad little boy.

Simian Anxiety

The enigmatic
ape moans only when he is
urged while rolling on
his napping tangle
of flattened green fronds of fern.
The gruesome hunter
after freshly spilled
brains and dextrous apish feet
trips his own self up.
I did not intend
to irritate the tender
tissues on display
but the gorilla
made me overreach and touch
places I should not.

‎August ‎12, ‎2015 10:54 AM


  1. It should be noted that this is an incorrect meme. Somewhere around 7-10 million years ago, the chimpanzee ancestral line split with the human ancestral line. The split of chimpanzees and humans on one side and other simians on the other is prior to this. So gorillas as pictured here and humans probably have a common ancestor around ten million years ago or even earlier.

  2. The three words do not seem to me to be a prompt so much as a constraint. This is intriguing a little. There is another site run by Tess Kincaid. She offers a photo. To me that photo is a prompt, evoking a whole story of sorts and I write to capture its essence. Here there is a a blank slate and then there are three words which form a kind of fence. I hang out "inside" and discover what is there. Beyond the fence is another place. But that's just me.

  3. Excellent and totally different from anything else I've read!

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  4. Thank you all. I feel good reading, "totally different...".

  5. Chimps are smarter and better looking than most of us!

  6. Definitely a unique take on the prompt!


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