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Silly Little Squirrel: A Poem

Updated on December 25, 2011
Munching on sunflower seeds.
Munching on sunflower seeds. | Source
Bending to get those seeds.
Bending to get those seeds. | Source
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It's all a balancing act! | Source
Gotta get that one on the edge!
Gotta get that one on the edge! | Source

A Fun Poem Inspired by a Squirrel

Silly Little Squirrel

Silly little squirrel outside my window

What have you found?

A little snack to tuck away

When frozen is the ground.

Silly little squirrel outside my window

Doing your acrobatics.

Don’t you know that we’re inside

Doing our mathematics?

Silly little squirrel outside my window

Who have you brought today?

A friend or two? No make that five,

But you are not here to play.

Silly little squirrel outside my window

The seeds are almost gone.

What will you find to eat

When winter is cold and long?

Silly little squirrel outside my window

We will see you next fall

When the seeds are ready to harvest

We will watch you eat them all!

Inspiration for this poem.

Last spring a colleague of mine planted about a dozen tiny sunflower plants in flower beds outside my classroom window. As we left for summer vacation the plants were just about 6 inches tall. I knew that when I returned in the fall I would be in for a wonderful treat.

As I pulled down the street at the end of August, the towering, majestic sunflowers overwhelmed me. They stood in such stately beauty that I wondered why this was the first time anyone had ever done this. I promptly made a mental note that I would be sure to continue to plant them, even if he did not.

My students and I watched as the beautiful flowers slowly turned to seed. Little did we know that as the sunflower began to die, we would be in for some daily entertainment. For each day, rain or shine, a determined squirrel made his way to the flowers and feasted on this treat.

When he first showed up it was a cute little distraction as he climbed, leaped, twisted, and turned to reach all of those seeds. In fact at one point, he was even hanging upside down with his hind legs wrapped around the flower as he did pseudo sit ups to reach the seeds on the flower.

But as the days went on, his antics became a major distraction in my classroom. With each visit, my students’ eyes quickly left the attention of their studies to the side show provided by our little squirrel. On the busiest day, there were at least five squirrels feasting on the seeds. They were not all friends but some were foes as they fought for the right to eat the seeds from certain flowers. Needless to say, not much work was done that day. The opportunity led itself to studying the behavior of squirrels preparing for winter.

Yet even with all of the distractions and disruptions that this silly little squirrel caused in my classroom, I would still plant those sunflowers again. The beauty of the flowers and even the entertainment provided by the squirrel were a daily delight. We even missed him once the seeds were gone. So long dear squirrel. We shall see each other again as the seeds mature next fall.


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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Mary615. They are great for stealing bird seed! As long as the birds can still get some too then I guess that's ok. Thanks for your comments.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Loved your poem about the silly little squirrel! I have lots of these precious little guys in my yard, they steal my bird seed, but that's OK.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome MM, glad you found it entertaining!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for sharing this lovely story and poem of the entertaining squirrel! and the photos are so cute!

      Voted up.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Mom! Maybe a magazine article, who knows?

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara-I envision this 'Silly Little Squirrel' poem published in a children's magazine somewhere...maybe, Ranger Rick? Very cute poem; adorable photos.

      Rated up and shared.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      We have lots around here too Flora. They are fun to watch but can be a nuisance as well. Thanks for your comments.

      Yes Gail, the temporary insanity in my classroom would still be worth planting the flowers again! Not sure that this lively group of kids this year will remember much but it was fun nonetheless. Thanks for your comments and votes up.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      What a delightful poem and background story. Made me want to plant sunflower seeds myself as the acrobatics of the squirrels looked so cute.

      Thanks for sharing this. Glad you still intend to plant more seeds at the end of this school year despite all the distractions. I'm sure the impromptu lessons you taught the kids will be ones they will always remember!

      Voted up across the board.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      We have lots of squirrels around here - they are not native to the Fraser Valley. they are adorable.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Aunt Danette. He caused quite a ruckus for awhile but he was definitely entertaining.

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Cute photos. I could see those squirrels outside your window and their antics. Even though squirrels are a pain in the butt sometimes, they are funny to watch. Thanks for sharing.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I agree completely KrystalD! It is something that I try to instill in my students. Writers don't have magic pens, they observe the world around them and write about it. Thanks for your comments.

      Smiles and loud rounds of laughter Peggy W! At times it felt a little like a three ring circus with the squirrel as the ring master! But you are right, I do believe they did learn a little something about nature. Thanks for stopping by.

      Morning Ghaelach! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Yes, there are many lessons and one was for the teacher! Never try to compete with animals or children, lol. Thanks for the read and comments.

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Morning Cardelean.

      A beautiful hub inspired by nature.

      People only need to open their eyes to see what is before them to get inspiration. There are many lessons to be learnt in your hub if people really look.

      Have a wonderful day Cardelean.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      While it might have been a major distraction from the study of mathematics, perhaps your students learned a bit about nature and squirrel behavior. I'll bet there were many smiles in the classroom. Cute hub. Thanks for sharing this interlude with us.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      The world around is the perfect place for inspiration. This is really cute.