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Monkey King

Monkey King

Who is he
What does he want
Where did he appear from
From the egg
The immortal egg
It rolled out from the rock
The immortal rock
On the mountain
What does he want
What does he want

I am Monkey
I am King
Your King

We must prepare a feast

Why do you despair your majesty?

Of future times
Of future times
I must learn search the Way
The True Way
Must find an Immortal to teach me
Prepare a raft of bamboo and the longest pole
It must be strong to serve me for a journey across the treacherous sea

Journey 10year

I am a poor woodcutter living in this forest eeking out a living to feed my ill mother
Cutting firewood to trade for rice
I carry it on a pole across my shoulder
Take it to the market
Take it to the market

Monkey King:
Oh woodcutter do you know of an Immortal in this forest

Yes there is one

Please tell me where
Please tell me where

He lives deep in the woods
Follow this trail

Monkey King:
Oh leprechaun sorry to trouble you so
Please take me to your master
I wish to learn The Way

Follow me
He is teaching
He has many disciples

Immortal Sage:
What is your name eccentric monkey who jumps so wildly

I have no name so I call myself Monkey because I am a monkey

What of your parents?

I have no mother
I have no father
I was born from an egg
A immortal egg
On a mountain

So you are born of Heaven and Earth
I shall name you Sun

Old Venerable Woman:
Come sit beside me
I have no children
I shall name you Wu

I am so happy
I have a name
You have given me a name
Master thank you for such a lovely name

Rejoice! rejoice!
Rejoice! Rejoice!

Let us feast
Let us feast

My name is Sun WuKong
Great Sage
Equal of Heaven!

About this poem

The tale of Monkey who traverses oceans for ten years in search of an Immortal Sage who together with a venerable woman bestows him with the name Sun Wukong.

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Written on December 15, 2021

Submitted by pearcemelville on April 26, 2022

1:52 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme aBxccddeBB afff g a HHiiaxa fjxjKK Fx e LL xx Fxji afx ma a x jjcce xe eaex annn OO GG cme
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,677
Words 374
Stanzas 22
Stanza Lengths 10, 4, 2, 1, 7, 6, 2, 1, 2, 2, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 5, 2, 4, 4, 2, 2, 3

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