A chart details man's evolution from simian to homo sapien step by step until eventually arriving at an overweight person slouching in an easy chair staring at the smartphone in his hand, beer bottle and laptop visible on the coffee table in front of him.

Sometimes it helps to think
about how we’re all just apes.
Sophisticated primates though we may be,
we’re basically gorillas
who had too much time
on our hands
and figured out how to build TVs.

It wasn’t that long ago
that we exited the trees
and began inventing things
like the loincloth,
the wheel,
the pointed stick,
and all the rest of civilization.

It’s true that
the plains have predators
and there are no bills due in trees,
but I get it,
why it was important to leave.
And maybe
the scariest enemy that stalks you
is fear that holds you
to the comfort of familiar branches
when you could be striking out to new horizons
and evolving.