Aphelion Issue 246, Volume 23
December 2019 / January 2020
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Planet of the Apes

by Jean Jones

It could be
that the movie
Planet of the Apes
is a picture
of what humans
are like-
a group of evolved animals
with no past, present, or future but what they say for themselves
their existence as complete as if they discovered themselves stranded on a beach,
bereft of a God Savior or purpose
so A Reason is made up by each of the monkey tribes
the one thing in common and worth remembering
is the compassion and the love and the caring for of each other
We may have to make up a Creator for meaning or a life after death
but what matters to this ape is the compassion the love and the caring for others
and that is the belief I will sign up for
even if I've stopped believing in God
or the myth people want to say about God
I believe in anything involved with love for other apes
or other creatures that transcends the rules
originally written for the tribe of humans
it was intended for.

2017 Jean Jones

Jean Jones teaches English as a Second Language Basic Skills for Cape Fear Community College. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and has a book of poems available on Amazon.com entitled Beyond Good and Evil. He has had poems published in Aphelion as well as Horror Zine online.

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