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Offline Dylan di Vilde

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When Squirrels Die
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:32:31 AM »


It looks sound asleep
on the path, on its side
but no, its not dozing or resting
it died.

Recent Id say,
its not rotting away.
Fresh off the tree
it looks like to me.

Its squirrel friends, weeping,
know its not sleeping,
their squirrel caps doffed
as they scurry aloft.

And there it will lie
with the world passing by
to furnish a feast
for some hungry wee beast
and myriad miniscule mites to enjoy,
or will it be nudged by a snotty small boy
with a stick
who will pick
and poke
til some bloke
in hi-vis, with official approval,
oversees its removal.
The go-to guy
when squirrels die.

Its only a grey, you might say,
as he wheels it away
on a bed of old leaves
as its squirrel wife grieves.
Its sad that its dead
but Im glad its not red.



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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2015, 07:44:29 PM »
Well done, Dylan.
Another slice of life vignette. Or perhaps slice of afterlife?  :)
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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2015, 10:48:25 PM »
pleasant read

I especially enjoy reading about common things that most people notice but don't think about.

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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2015, 05:32:29 AM »
Better red than dead ;-)
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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2015, 11:49:47 AM »
Love wide and grand perspective in all things and yours is that metier. You have an inner sight. Thank you.

Offline Dylan di Vilde

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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2015, 03:21:15 AM »
Cheers mate :)
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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2015, 06:30:46 AM »
As always, I enjoyed.

Thanks for the read, and for posting.

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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2015, 02:35:30 PM »
Poor widowed wife.  I like this poem as it's so importantly unimportant.  Something a person either ignores completely or notices and considers.  One question though, can you explain the 'glad it's not red' reference?  I don't understand that part.  Thanks for posting this though, I enjoyed reading it.

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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2015, 05:57:28 PM »
jj

Indigenous English squirrels are a red colour but they have been almost wiped out by ubiquitous immigrant grey squirrels. So what he's saying is that although it is sad that the squirrel is dead, at least it is not a rare English red squirrel.

Of course you mustn't take this sentiment to literally. I know Dylan and he's just the sort who'd wear a waistcoat of red squirrel pelts to the pub most evenings!

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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2015, 05:14:00 AM »
Thanks for covering for me Mark but the hard truth is Im a fully paid up, shaven headed, bovver-booted, squirrel racist and Im not afraid to admit it. BTW me and my mates in the ESL English Squirrel League are planning a march through Rotherham on Saturday. 12.00 in the Nailmakers if anyone wants to join us for a quick half dozen beforehand.


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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2015, 05:22:54 AM »
I would, but my sister-in-law is a grey squirrel so I have to watch my step.
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Re: When Squirrels Die
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2015, 02:19:18 PM »
Ah, today I fed the gray squirrels.  I shared an apple with two of them.  As an American living near Canada (Buffalo), the only squirrel I've seen that isn't gray is black.  The gray ones will eat and stare, the black ones steal food and hiss.  Traumatizing when you're 8.