Squirrels have Personalities

Squirrels have Personalities

I’ve got no beef with the quiet ones
who go about their squirrely business,
turning over brittle brown leaves
in search of fatty seeds and nuts.

It’s the ruffians and scapegraces
in the yard, taunting my cat, Moriarty,
with their harsh chitters and chuffs,
flicking their bushy autumn tails.

“Winter is coming,” I comfort,
“You’ll be warm inside, feasting
on canned meat, watching snowflakes
cover their frozen nests.”

But Moriarty lives in the moment.
So I let him out to have his fun.


(Inspired by a news story, today’s Living Poetry Prompt and Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt.)

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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11 Responses to Squirrels have Personalities

  1. Cassa Bassa says:

    What a lively piece. Great work!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. JeanMarie says:

    Nice work. That Moriarty is a rapscallion indeed, as are most tom cats. You are well-matched.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. anitashope says:

    Fun. They really do have their own personalities.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Bill says:

    Ah yes, to live in Nature’s moment. Excellent. Enjoyed it.

    Liked by 1 person

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