Mary Mackey





Troops of Brightly Colored Monkeys

troops of brightly colored monkeys
hang from the branches of the Chicona trees

under the Barrigona palms 
orange fishing spiders 
with venom more toxic than cobras
are weaving gigantic snares
that billow like silver sails

why these strange creatures?
why this fevered nightmare?

the jungle says   eu sou grande / I am vast
você é pouco / you are nothing
no one is going to save you
no one is going to helicopter you out of here