Tuesday, February 3, 2015

when squirrels romped in our backyard//is spring coming soon?

There is something in the winter air
more than crisp, tangy, full-bodied oxygen

that pinches the nostrils blushing red
that pumps the legs running for feverish heat

Perhaps the grey squirrels know the answer
as they cavort energetically up & down bare trees

As lusty as young men romping for a morning
delight as one female squirrel goes into heat

She sits at the top edge of treetop, waiting to see
who amongst her suitors will prevail & giving

chase along the way, the mating season begins
The dregs shake with earnest, twigs falling on ice
 
Signalling the changing season, that spring
will come with birthing of young, tender creatures

each one, beautiful
as a snowflake.   




snowflake photography by Alexey Kljatov


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Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - Seasonal poem (Winter for me) Hosted by Marina Sofia~ I took a fun and light approach to winter after seeing all the racket the squirrels made in our backyard ~  Thanks for the visit ~

38 comments:

  1. oh i love squirrels - you just don't see them so much over here - wish we had some in the backyard - and good if there's a little heat in this cold season..smiles... cannot wait until spring spreads its blue band with all the new life coming to birth

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  2. awe, cute. bunches of squirrels and wild rabbits are always on the roam around my way... really dug the metaphor, "As lusty as young men romping for a morning delight" heheheh

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  3. haha i love your description of the squirrels...they are a fav animal of mine...and even across species men dont change much....lol...oy, clambering over ourselves trying to be hers...

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  4. They have not started here yet.. we have beautiful red squirrels in our garden.. but they start much later..

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  5. Dear Grace
    I love the start: There is something in the winter air....
    Just a wonderful sentence...

    Hugs
    JetteMajken

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  6. You've done lots of watching..it's powerful to observe busy squirrels...spring'll come in blink of eye if we get ourselves inspired and busy....

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  7. Squirrels are sure fun to watch, the cats think so too. Nothing wrong with a little romp either lol

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  8. between our tom cat & the neighbor's Jack Russell terrier, squirrels have to be careful not become victims. The neighbor has a 200 year old maple tree that houses squads of gray squirrels though, & they keep the mutt jumping, while our cat sits & daydreams of squirrel pie.

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  9. Very nice close observation of squirrel manners... there are a few startling images here which caught my attention: pinches the nostrils blushing red, the dregs shake with earnest, beautiful as a snowflake.
    But surely it's too early for them in your part of the world?

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    1. I have seen them cavorting during the weekend and its right about the time here, smiles ~

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  10. do like that little squirrel and the hope it brings

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  11. I love those squirrel chases. In the hardwood forests around my home, they are incredibly noisy running through the woods, fussing and squabbling for position in the squirrel hierarchy, for the right to procreate as the fittest.

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  12. Nature's re-birth can't come too soon!

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  13. Lovely! There is an amusing feel to your words. I like how you follow the squirrels in your images and wait for the spring's birth. :-)
    -HA

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  14. This made me smile and reminded me of all there is to look forward too... Though I am always chasing the squirrels away because we have an outdoor cat. They are funny creatures though, you can't help but laugh at their antics.

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  15. Oh Grace, this is beautiful and funny and hits the spot, right on!

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  16. This is such a cheerful poem. Looking forward to the baby squirrels and Spring.

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  17. This could describe my backyard yesterday after our major snowfall....squirrels galore. I thought they were just excited for the snow...guess I know better now!

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  18. I have not seen squirrels for a while. I love how they run and stop on grass and up trees. I do hope they herald the coming of spring and warmer weather.

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  19. Oh, I love to watch squirrels busily romping. I hope those in this area are surviving the snow.I can hardly wait until spring & a time of birth for squirrels and other creatures.

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  20. Ah.. the mating tangle of the squirrel as unique and beautiful as snowflake created by a way of creativity that generates unique through every fiber of Nature that creates non like..alike.:)

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  21. Your glimpse into the life of squirrels is delightful

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  22. The dormancy of winter sometimes causes us to forget what's going on under all the cold soil and in snow laden trees, constant evolving and soon, we will forget how cold winter can be...well almost..;0

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  23. I have always loved watching squirrels. They are such gentle creatures and they always seem to exude happiness.

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  24. You caught rightfully the goodness of spring as taking activities along a clear path of fulfillment. Good one Grace!

    Hank

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  25. Beautiful poem about life sprucing up from among the winter's ashes Grace! Really enjoyed reading this one.

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  26. We had red squirrels this year. Either this was a first for us, or I just finally stopped long enough to pay attention. Have a wonderful week and thank you for sharing!

    Elsie

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  27. I love the way that you have sketched between the lines in this piece: so beautiful - exquisite, even and yet with the lightest touch of whimsy.

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  28. guess you could call them the f*ing squirrels, for all the clatter :) ~

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  29. Exquisite Grace! Love the snow flake picture too.

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  30. I saw a squirrel a few days ago (it became a rare sight around here) and your beautiful poem just reminded me of that. You're capturing the season right now amazingly. I really love it. And that snow flake picture is great, too!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  31. I especially like the first two couplets and your rhyme throughout. Nice seasonal capture, Grace.

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  32. Very pretty poem. I think we all need some thing like this to read, in such a slow day of winter with tons of snow in the forecast.

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  34. Lovely poem, Grace, and I like the touch of humor. We have squirrels all year.

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