Themes :

Monkeys occasionally dance and chatter, grasp and destroy and generally cause mischief in sacred poetry, particularly in the poetry of the East.

Who is the monkey? Well, we are. Or, more specifically, it is the busy, grasping mind. It is that chattering, gibbering aspect of the awareness that we most often identify with.

Poems with the theme of Monkey

  Hakuin The monkey is reaching
  Han-Ch'ing, Kuan Idle Wandering
  Jakushitsu A Visit to Hattoji Temple
  Kabir The self forgets itself
  Mirabai The Heat of Midnight Tears
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin On Love
  Yun-k'an Tzu by willow's shade