Monkey Business

It just fell in my lap
says the playful primate
pivoting from his perch.

It’s a taste of forbidden knowledge
A pilfered apple that fell from someone’s pad
I will not give it back!

Jonathan, Fiji, Golden Delicious
Macintosh; all forbidden fruit
I want this multicolored knowledge
It is the best I’ve ever had
Just you try and get it

It just fell, blame it on gravity
Says Eve in Halloween disguise
Speaking with her mouth full

Was this Darwin, Newton or Einstein’s thought
Gravity or Quantum?
Discretely waiting to be caught
A falling god particle conundrum


Richard L Ratliff is a baby boomer, born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, his midwest ties have built the foundation and setting for his poetry. He is a Purdue University graduate with two years of engineering turned into a degree in English Literature. All of these eclectic combinations have given him a career as a boiler and combustion expert and poet.He has had almost two dozed published poems in print and on line.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS), two Pollock-Krasner grants, two Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. in 2017 & 2018 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA artist-in-residence grant.