A Duel of Wit and Brawn


The air was thick with conflict
down by the gnarly tree...
and all who stopped to notice
were amazed by the great melee...
They held their breath in rapture
to the lines of challenge, drawn...
This could be a spectacle,
a duel of wit and brawn,
and who would take possession of
the treasure in that tree?
This promised to be exciting,...
a grand and feisty raiding spree.
There was a current stand off...
as both opponents were intent,
driven by gut instinct
and the feeder's luring scent.
Old Jay was quite indignant that
them squirrels had found his stash,
had a mind to chase em off
with his cerebral, sharp-beaked bash...
but instinct is persistent
and hunger a driving force...
The squirrels had just begun their raid,
now, bent on its raiding course.
So they battled hard and furious,
Old Blue and them sneaky squirrels
and, my, how the feeder rattled
as all their strategies unfurled...
The squirrels tag-teamed the blue jay
in their bold and crafty raid,
but the blue jay, quick and clever,
would linger, stalking, in the shade
and wait for just the moment
they weren't looking, to attack,
then, peck those pesky raiders in
a well planned sneak and sack.
Until the stash was empty and
there were sunflower seeds no more...
The blue jay and the squirrels, then,
retreated, mean and sore...
to lick their wounds till next time
as they planned their next hijack...
when the hanging tree bird feeder
bid, once again, a hungry crack.

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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

You have captured the war of those sneaky and persistent squirrels against the territorial blue jay to a T! You're poem reads so easily and true - it's a great story!

No_Clue 5 years ago

Stephanie, thank you! It's funny, I watched two squirrels ravage my son's bird feeder this morning at the kitchen sink! They are pretty crafty and determined little critters. A blue jay flew in to try and grab a bite, and tried to peck one of those squirrels...hence, The Duel of Wit and Brawn!I havent been able to write much of late, so it was great fun. I appreciate your visit and great comment!

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

My grandmother had a running battle with big red squirrels raiding her bird feeders during the Iowa winters, so this brings back memories.

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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Two of my favorite creatures - the Blue Jay and the Squirrel...I have watched many such battles. Great writing!

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

WillStarr, thank you. This is the battle of the ages, I suspect...after all, squirrels gotta eat too!

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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

justateacher, the squirrels and birds are amazing creatures and two of my favorites, as well! Thank you for your visit and awesome comment, I do appreciate it!

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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Great use of beautiful words, No_Clue! I enjoy your poetic verse, and I apologize for not visiting you so often. I have so much to keep up with these days. I am a true lover of God's Creation out in the wood, and I could enjoy a nature walk with you. Take care. :)

No_Clue 5 years ago

Thank you, kindly, Christina!I so understand how hard it can be to keep up, when that is one of my own personal struggles. A walk in the woods would be fun! That is one place I always find God! You take care, as well!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub which I vote up without a doubt.

Take care and have a wonderful day.


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen, thank you! I so appreciate your read and great comment! Have a wonderful day, yourself!

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MysteriousOne 5 years ago

Great hub, No_Clue...Smiled all the way through it! Voted Up/Awesome....thanks for sharing!


No_Clue 5 years ago

Thanks, MO...it was a fun write...

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

"They held their breath in rapture" how true that seems to be! This is a great poem and so well portrays these antagonists as they fight for their food. I really enjoyed this from beginning to end. Well written and nice pictures. Voted up.

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No_Clue 4 years ago Author

tillsontitan, thank you! I watched a little skirmish between a couple of squirrels and a jay while doing dishes one morning and this is what popped out! I so appreciate your read and comment!

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