Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Squirrels


Two siblings parted in a late
Cretaceous forest
and both prospered
and proliferated
and radiated.

Rather than let a surplus rot
primates gorge
and squirrels hoard.
If squirrels were big and brainy
and we were not,

perhaps
they’d find it easier than us
to leave the pie in the cupboard
the tar in the sand
the oil in the shale
the coal in the crust.

Submitted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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  • Kevin Patrick (11/10/2013 11:06:00 PM)

    Humor and wry social commentary give you a hypersensitive understanding of the problem we face today, for the supposedly the most intelligent life on the planet we sure do go through quite a bit. I'll think of this when I see a squirrel next time. Thank you Diane (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/21/2013 11:19:00 AM)

    Squirrels store nuts in the granary for using during times of starvation as a reserve stock and never let them rot. We human beings like primates gorge and over exploit natural resources. If we had learnt to reserve some of the minerals and other natural resources in their own source of origin for later use, how great it would have been! A poem with a beautiful message! (I wonder if my interpretation is right) (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (10/20/2013 3:37:00 AM)

    Squirrel, squirrel Professor Quirrel, divergent thought and acorn pie, the past but wonders and the present lies. Maybe. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (10/20/2013 2:59:00 AM)

    Hypothetical assumptions pertaining to this beautiful rodent have awakened a new interest in me to observe three or four squirrels visiting our front yard very often. (Report) Reply

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