Thursday, April 14, 2011

Words Raised By Wolves

"Radioactive Monkeys"

by Martin Mundt

One thousand radioactive monkeys, said the Soldier.
No army could defeat them.

Ten thousand, said the General,
and no army would even dare them.

One hundred thousand radioactive monkeys,
said the Emperor, to surround my throne with glory.

Two, said the Student. To compare one to the other,
so we might learn from them.

Just one, said the Priest.
Simplicity in all things.

The Zen Master shook his head, saddened.
If the Idea of a radioactive monkey is insufficient,
he said, then even a million would not be enough.

-The end-

"Radioactive Monkeys" was published in Requiem for the Radioactive Monkeys, published by Iguana Publications in April 2005, and edited by John Weagly. The anthology also has stories by J.A. Konrath, Tina L. Jens, Barbara Geiger, Paul Dailing, Wally Cwik, Wayne Allen Sallee and Bruce Arthurs. If you like radioactive monkeys, or even think you might like radioactive monkeys, then this anthology was made for you.

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