Sunday, February 12, 2017

Earnest Squirrel


He seems so much in
Earnest, tries so hard
To say something in our
Yard --the woody end--
Where the creek begins
Its bend into the stars. 
He scampers, rests--
Under a message too
Large to bear-- but
Stays near, charged
By the universe to
Share what it wrote
In his mind:
Be afraid --I am afraid.
Universe is enormous,
Full of forces that form
Us --be kind, be kind. 
  

16 comments:

  1. I love the poem and the pictures. We feed squirrels in our yard. People around us struggle to run them out of their yard but they are welcome here.

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    1. Thanks, Rick. Squirrels are always on yard duty. They'll scold the heck out of other animals (including me) even before we misbehave. I've never fed a squirrel except to grant them top-tier foraging rights on the almond tree.

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  2. That is the most wonderful of messages from Earnest, and much needed in our world.

    And he sure is a cute little fella.

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    1. O Jenny, I'm trying to teach him English, specifically my response to bullies: "You can't talk to me like that; I'm cute as a button!"

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    2. Hee hee! I can picture that ...

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  3. I love Earnest and that beautiful bushy tail.

    BTW, Geo - I hope you don't live anywhere near the Oroville Dam.

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    1. Must confess I'm fond of him too. You know how the land is constantly teaching itself to us. So does Earnest and he takes measureless pride in my ignorance. The dam is 60 miles unfortunately upstream from me on the largest tributary of the Sacramento River. If it breaks on Feather River...well I checked the canoe today.

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  4. We have a squirrel that likes to argue with the dog. They remind of two small children sometimes.

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    1. Emma, squirrels are natural-born debaters. Long ago they probably argued with dinosaurs and content themselves now scolding dogs, cats, mockingbirds and humans. However, even their rhetorical skills are no match for two small children in disagreement.

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  5. Geo., I just read Jon's question and your reply - how worrying that must be. I've read a news article on it as I hadn't heard of this problem. I hope the repairs are successfully carried out and that the danger passes. Take care.

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    1. O Jenny, it's as if all our years of drought have been compensated for, but we would prefer billions of little raindrops over the single huge one we seem to have gotten. Real repairs will come later, but current concern is for the 180,000 people whose homes are at immediate risk. What will only be an inconvenience to all further downstream will be a full calamity to them. At last report, the evacuation is proceeding apace.

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    2. Thank you for that assessment, Geo. I hope all will be well.

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  6. Very sweet poem and I love the pictures, specially the first one and the third one have a great angle and the natural beauty of the tree trunk. The second one is basically showing of the beautiful lush tail that Earnest has so I give it the props as well.
    I stopped by to wish you guys a very Happy Valentine's day and I get a beautiful poem and wonderful photos as well.

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    1. My pleasure, kind Munir. Happy Valentine's Day to you too! I conveyed your compliment to the photographer and she is pleased.

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  7. "...bend into the stars.." YES!

    Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!

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    1. Kind Cherdo, thank you. I hope your day has been happy too!

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