Squirrels are like children

Squirrels are like children.
They never walk anywhere.
I’ve never seen one
just out for a
stroll. No, it’s bound, stop
look around, dig
in haste to bury
your nut. It’s chase
each other up
and down and around
and around
the tree, it’s freeze—your black
eyes, glistening, almost
bursting from
your skull—pant pant.
Adults invented the solemn duty.
Just like they invented the atom
bomb.

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About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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