Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Hierarchies often apply
When social animals ally;
The problems arise
When, to our surprise,
We find we don’t rank very high.

The birdies that peck in the trees,
Big gorillas, little ants and the bees,
Deer and elk with their racks
And wolves in their packs—
They all have hierarchies.

What’s your rank, in the groups where you roam?
You can say—we’re all facing the gloam;
There’s always a ranking
For who gets the spanking:
Who’s the alpha, when you’re back at home?

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