A Squirrel’s Journey

Once upon a week in June
A squirrel thought he’d try
To test his acrobatic skills
Across a cable high.

“I think I can.”

Peering at the ground below
He saw something furry.
Something reddish, something loud,
Something in a hurry.

Squirrel swallowed hard and flicked his tail
Deciding to follow through
On plans to conquer tightrope fear
By walking in plain view.

“I think I can.”

The Sheltie barked, the Human clicked,
The little squirrel pressed on
And midway ‘cross the wire so high
The squirrel thought he was gone.

“Uh-oh, easy does it!”

Gathering courage, the acrobat
Continued to make his way;
Step by step he journeyed forth
Despite the annoying fray.

“So near, yet so far.”

And oh, at last, the little squirrel
Found safety in his quest
Another power pole in sight
To offer needed rest.

“YES!! Happy Dance!”

A squirrel’s life is brief, they say,
Two years, or maybe three.
So wouldn’t they be better off
Staying in tall trees?

16 thoughts on “A Squirrel’s Journey

  1. I love this…words and photos!
    Squirrels are quite the acrobats, aren’t they? They are a constant source of amusement for us around my yard!

    • Thanks for your compliment — yes, squirrels totally keep my Sheltie amused, too! He just can’t figure out why they don’t seem to want to play with him!

  2. So FUN. We have so many daring squirrels that insist on teasing my pups. I guess a squirrels are just a bit squirrely about adventure. Glad you squirrel made it!

    • I’m surprised this little squirrel didn’t get so distracted — between me shooting his picture and the Sheltie barking and dancing below — that he didn’t topple right off that line!

    • My poor Sheltie thinks God made squirrels for his entertainment, too, Kathy! You can just tell he’s waiting for one to make a mis-step and drop into his yard, where he can play with it!

    • I’m glad he made it, too, Monica. Made for a better story (though my Sheltie probably would have preferred having a new friend to chase around the yard!)

  3. I love these pictures. Most of our utility lines are underground so we don’t have much opportunity to see this. (Oh, and we don’t have tall trees and greenery that squirrels like.) Your poem made me smile, too.

    He (she) should take the act on the road. I’d pay to watch it 🙂

    • Thanks, Janna, I’ll tell him if I can get his attention!! Seriously, you’re fortunate in having buried utility lines — that must be so much easier during storms.

  4. Debbie, my friend, I’m so desperately trying to play catch up with my blog reading. Please forgive me for not having commented sooner but it’s so hard to get Internet here! I have to walk to the village to post on my blog. Hence the delayed posting lately. That said, how wonderful that you captured the travails of this little guy! He is indeed a true acrobat! Just yesterday we saw a squirrel running through the parking lot of the hotel that stands across the street where my mother’s place is. We had never seen them this close to the beach and we were shocked! Methinks they are indeed quite brave! I guess they figure that if their life span is so short, they may as well live large! 🙂

    • They might be onto something, Bella! What do they have to lose, right? And who knows? Maybe they’ll gain free food from tourists! Don’t worry about playing catch up — lots of people seem to be taking vacation now, so you’re part of the “in crowd”!!

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