The Squirrel–NaPoWriMo Day # 5

NaPoWriMo Day # 5

Prompt: “I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, animal, or a particular landscape. But it should be about a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often. Try to incorporate specific details while also stating why you find the chosen place or plant/animal meaningful.”


The Squirrel

Today the little squirrel paused

paws united in prayer

For a bounty of black oil

sunflower seeds.

She didn’t scurry

as I neared

beholding the yellow scoop.

A red wound on her shoulder

informed a hard life.

We recalled the plunging hawk

the squirrel’s squeals

my hasty arrival.

She thinks me her champion.

I tell her gently

not to trust all people–

to some she is just a rat

with a fancy tail.


end 4/5/2017

S. Darlington

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