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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tree Rats (Are Wonderful!)



Who me? (image source)

Warm and playful
Cute and smart
Quick and clever
Thief
You steal what you need
and hoard what’s left
 Ingenious little bandit
Even the most impenetrable heart
Opens to your love bites
Scornful of dalliance
You tear it apart
Scatter the scraps
and dash off
Chattering.

submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Fireblossom Friday, FB Joins a Convent in which FB asks us to write a poem which DOES NOT reflect our true feelings (I detest the psychotic squirrels that steal our hummingbird nectar and that nested in my attic last year!)


15 comments:

Daydreamertoo said...

I can understand why you hate them if you had them in your attic. They are so destructive.
Great poem.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Aw! They look so cute from far!

Susan said...

That song's been in my head since I read the challenge. It probably radiated from here where you objectively dissect and brutally paint the sweet and mighty backstabber.

Fireblossom said...

Squirries! Now look here, Ms. Mouse, you better try to get along with other rodents, y'hear? :-P

Like a lot of people, when I first heard that song "Lies", I thought it was the Beatles.

Brian Miller said...

what!?! i love squirrels...no way this can be a lie....i love to watch them off the porch....they are so playful...

Helen said...

OMG! Your poem resurrected a memory I thought I'd buried ... had a citrus rat who took up residence in my Florida garage. Squirrels, rats, mice, etc .. all bad news!!

Ella said...

OMG-my Mother had a few get in her roof...what a horror~ Cute from way far away....
Well done!
My Mom calls them rats with tails...

Mary said...

I am impressed with the way you wrote such a caring poem about this creature you don't like.

I suppose I could have sung the praises of a 'box elder bug' which annoys he heck out of me.

myheartslovesongs.com said...

awwww! poor little squirrels! {if i'm lyin' i'm dyin'}

haven't heard that song in aaaages!

darev2005 said...

Ooohhh, squirrels. I thought you were talking about children or politicians. (grin)

Marian said...

hah, i generally feel that way about squirrels, too, but in recent years i've become fond of our yard squirrels. i guess i'm softening with age :)

Rene Foran said...

rats with good PR
that's all squirrels are...

Bryan M. White said...

We call those "squirrels" around here.

(Because they're so "squirrely")

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I'm laughing because I read your poem earlier and didnt see the disclaimer, hadnt come across Fireblossom's prompt yet - I tactfully did not comment and went away wondering why you had suddenly changed so much.......back again to tell you you really aced this challenge! You had me convinced.

Margaret said...

!! I can't decide which is worse, squirrels or mice. I have to say, though, I enjoy watching squirrels... but have never enjoyed watching mice. (sorry:)