A Squirrelly Haiku

How To Confuse A Squirrel

The other day I stumbled across an interesting scene. Someone had cut down an older tree that was close to a fairly large two-story building. The tree was a large tree, the sort that is a shade tree in summer, and the sort that needed many bags to contain the raked up leaves in the fall. When the leaves fell, they allowed the warmth of the sun to shine through in winter. It was an oak, and its greatest fan was a squirrel.

When I first noticed the squirrel, he was motionless at the edge of the roofline of the building. The spot he had stopped was clearly the same spot where he would have jumped from the roof to a nearby branch of the oak tree. But the branch was there no more.

I paused to, to take in the full scene.

We often make jokes about people acting squirrelly. It is something else altogether to see a squirrel that is righteously confused.

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Squirrel Haiku

Squirrel perched on roof edge high,
A little gargoyle,
His tail not twitching


Hawk sits higher in a tree,
Watching for movement.
Vultures are circling.


Mighty oak from acorns grow,
Squirrel played his role,
Buried acorn tree.


Tree cut down has no more leaves,
To foul the downspout.
Mans problem is solved.


Squirrel perched on roof edge high,
Wanting to jump, but,
Sanctuary gone.

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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

FitnezzJim -

Please excuse this "off-topic" comment based solely on your comment, above:

I saw one of those, I think, just the other day. It was at the side of the road propped up onto cinder blocks, all of the wheels and tires gone. However it was neither a "five" nor a "seven," It was actually a 2012 "eight."

The cops are forever warning us about this sort of thing. I'd betcha that its owner had one of those "Decembers to Remember" things we are forever having to watch on the TV.

Gus :-)))


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia Author

Too funny, I messed it up as a Haiku by dyslexifying my fives and sevens.


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

FitnezzJim -

Good stuff here. Very enjoyable read. You have evidently invented the hhhhhaaaaaiiiikkikkkuuuuu poetic form. Someone might even mention that in a comment. One never knows. :-)

Gus :-)))


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Fitnezzjim:

I am Sorry to hear about your knee, but I hope the resulting surgery was a success.

I, too, have had knee surgery, a number of years ago, and the darn thing still causes me trouble. I've got a nasty case of arthritis in it now and Lord knows what else.

The good news is I really liked your haiku. I have not written one yet, but I will. If I am not mistaken, this is the longest haiku I have seen on Hubpages thus far.

You do good work, Jim - it's good to know that you are here. :0)

Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

P.S. Voted up and away!!!


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia Author

Snakes, are they moving early this year or what? I saw two just today at work, black snakes. One just outside the door as I opened it to walk out, so I turned around and used another door. The other slowly slithering across the parking lot, apparently following the first. Really glad they were slow moving black snakes. I just had knee surgery last week and was in no mood at all to try playing dodge-snake.

Be careful out there, and I hope you find a way to get the snake out of there before it does harm, or scares away all your writing material.


Ghost32 4 years ago

Ouch.

Pam and I are relating to "sanctuary gone". Our first Mojave rattlesnake sighting of the year happened yesterday. Bugger made it down a hole before I could get a crack at him...and HIS sanctuary from ME means that what's been the "safe dirt pile" for countless rabbits, spotted ground squirrels, and kangaroo rats has become...potentially deadly.


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia Author

Thank you Derdriu. I didn't notice anyone else mentioning that they all blended together to tell one story. Poor squirrel, we've not seen him since, at least, I don't think we've seen that particular squirrel since. It's hard to tell one squirrel from another.


Derdriu 4 years ago

FitnezzJim, What a charming, compelling, connected poetic tribute to the Commonwealth's grey squirrel! They're innovative but loyal: they seem to be running toward or away from the black walnut, box elders or Chinese chestnut whenever I catch darting glimpses of them here. So the innovation means that your squirrel will adapt, but the loyalty will cause him at first to run his old path over the roof...before stopping at the abyss which replaces his favorite oak tree.

Thank you for sharing and caring,

Derdriu


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia Author

Renamed this sequence because I noted I'd used a 7-5-5 metric rather than the 5-7-5 metric typical of a Haiku.

And, glad you all enjoyed it.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Jim, what delightful poetry. I enjoyed it immensely. Voted up. Best/Sis


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NatalieSack 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

Can I tell you how refreshing it is to read poetry on HubPages that is not all "bitter tears and angels wings and boundless dark misery"? Thank you for these--I really enjoyed them!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Cute haiku. I can relate to the squirrels. They love the oaks in my yard.

The dog loves to bark

Squirrels always run to hide

No losses today.

That about sums up what goes on at my house. Thanks for sharing yours :-)

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