a chimp, a tree and me

does the chimp try to be anything but a chimp?

can the tree be something other than a tree?

are they extraordinary within their species?

and what about me?


I can catch a chimp

I can cut a tree

or, I can leave them alone

and appreciate their beauty


the chimp climbs the tree

the tree doesn’t mind

because it can’t

then there’s me

I am Troy, a human male

I have sometimes tried to be

something I’m not— and failed

I have free will and choice

and to be human may be too ordinary

but because I have a voice

I am Troy, a human male


does my life matter?

yes, all life matters

About troysherdahl

A blue-collar bohemian with a penchant for fine words and dirty jeans.
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