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Divehi Monkey

Composed on 5 May 1992

"Monkey", the word in my mother tongue

Denotes many things with plenty of fun.

"Ramaís Monkey" lives up the tree

But in the zoo heís not free.

"Longed-legged Monkey" has no tail

But the Spiderís web is silky and frail.

Bedbugs are called "Monkeys of the Place"

And they bite you whatever your race.

The word alone sometimes may

Mean a person who is Gay.

With this, Kindergarteners wonít be at ease

Itís a Nursery Rhyme for the Ph.D.ís.

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