“Squirrels for nuts contend, and, wrong or right,
For the world’s empire, kings ambitious - fight.
What odds? – to us, ‘tis all the self same thing,
A nut, a world, a tiny squirrel, and a king.”
The word seems to spread very quickly
When one runs a ‘critter friendly’ place
And our latest little visitor around here
Has been putting a big smile on my face
I first encountered these black squirrels
Several years ago, at Kent State University
They had been introduced there from Canada
And now, they truly rule that campus with glee
They are extremely intelligent little critters
Little Blackie loves tapping on our windows
And he simply refuses to stop his chattering
Until at least a few peanuts to him, I throw
And if I ignore his now daily demand for snacks
He races from window to window, with his taps
He seems to delight in antagonizing all of our pets
And he makes it extremely difficult for them to nap
He also now even likes to follow me up my old ladder
As I do various maintenance projects around our house
So I keep a supply of peanuts in my pocket, at all times
I think he’s been learning from our tomato loving mouse
And we have a new game here at Thornwood Manor
Every afternoon, our dogs and cats race to the windows
And I always know who has now discovered Little Blackie
He gets a few peanuts, and they get cat treats and Milkbones
They say that you can’t teach an old dog or an old man new tricks;
But Little Blackie’s changed all that – this little critter is pretty slick.
©2008, Mr. Ed
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|Reviewed by 000 000
|You have a big heart for the little creatures. My squirrel waited for me to pull in after work...then he would beg for peanuts. I moved away last year and my neighbor said he began stalking her!
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Oh my, I have never seen one, but they sound like they have a very adventurous spirit. Must truly be a delight to observe. We have regular brown ones around here and they like to make their home in our roof......
Be always sasfe,
|Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
|Wonderful story my friend, Ed. Back home we had grey squirrels which never came close to human beings because of centuries old mistreatment. From a distance they ran and stood with their hind legs as if they accuse you of being so cruel to them. Here in Sweden I found a different type of squirrel in size, shape and manners as well. They come closer and if they run they stop at a short distance and do not show much accusations in their looks, though you see some fear in the eyes. Those ones I saw were in the parks of an immigrant-dominated sections of Göteborg, Sweden.|
|Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce
|They are adorable, aren't they?!
Great poem, Ed!!!
Sandie Angel :o)
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|so adorable!!such wonderful creatures-i have loved them from my earliest memories|
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|I think some squirrels are really bright. I had one that knew exactly when I'd be feeding the birds and he'd come just when they had finished because he knew I'd only feed him after the birds ate their treats.He also likes graham crackers;-)delightful poem ED!
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|.....gosh,, If I was a squirrel,,,I know where I would head....Adorable Ed|
|Reviewed by Rose Rideout
|How sweet Ed. We have a few of those who like to come on our deck and they are so entertaining at times. Thank you for sharing.
Newfie Hugs, Rose
|Reviewed by William Bonilla
|Kool Write Ed
I see you are spoiling him
with your pocked peanuts
By me there's a friend who loves fishing
We keep small Gator in our ponds and lakes
sort of a conversation navalty, so every time he caugh a fish
He fed it to this cute 3 foot gator, he did that several times
when he caught a nice size fish and decided to keep it
the cute little gator chased up a hill, forcing my friend to drop the fish in defeat....m y friend went home hungry......LOL
Peace be with you
|Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
Great story/poem. It's amazing how quickly animals adapt to our presence if they are treated humanely. I've seen black squirrels at a rest stop in Indiana. Here in Virginia we have mostly gray squirrels and a few fox squirrels, larger with black and red fur. We had even bigger fox squirrels in MS when I was growing up. They were redder than those in Virginia. As a kid I raised a set of three gray squirrels and later a set of three fox squirrels. Later, after I was a grown man I raised a gray squirrel. All these were tiny babies when I got them and had to be fed milk with a medicine dropper. They all made great pets while they were with me and all eventually rejoined their wild contemporaries.
I now have to battle the gray squirrels at the bird feeders. I wouldn't mind them eating sunflower seeds. I just don't want them to devour the feeder, which seems to be their first instinct. They have to eat what the birds drop to the ground.
|Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight
|I love black squirrels and red squirrels. Where I go camping there a lot of red squirrels and they are really friendly, theres on red squirrel too. They are all just so fun to watch. Great write. AM|
|Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain
Your poetic talent knows no limits . . . great write!!
|Reviewed by Patricia Guthrie
|that's just darling. I love squirrels. They drive my dogs crazy. Music goes perfectly with this poem.|
|Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader)
|SOoooooooooooo love this ED, you made me smile...great poem and music, love Holly|
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Too kewl, we dont' have the blacks here just the browns and they become like pets after awhile, no matter how much you curse them at times for making a mess.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Beautiful little critter is he; love the music! But the song's about a kitty, NOT a squirrel!! LOL Still, all in all, a charming write; well done, Ed! BRAVO!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Only squirrels I've seen have been brown, red, or grey! :D
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|Now this is beautiful and heartwarming, and so true, Our resident Ed, who walks the woods all winter just as I do, has a trunk full of different kinds of nuts he feeds them every day, he has a big pole he is walking with, and they climb right up on it to accept their treat, and when he sits down on a parkbench they red, black and grey sit on his knees, and or lap, happily munching away. Yes they are most intelligent, and like little monkeys most rambunctous. I raised about a dozen in my attic, but I had to close the hole they were overtaking the house, now I have a dozen or more in the backyard all winter, it costs me a furtune on sunflower seed, but I tell you, it
s more entertaining and heartwarming than taking a holiday somewhere else, and the money is better spend. There is a grey one on my birdfeeder every morn, and if I talk to him nose to nose about five inches away, he just looks at me, picks up another seed in his little hands, as to say there is nothing wrong here, I am eating like the birdies would, I like to be up high, I guess I have to build another birdfeeder to feed them also. Have fun Ed, this a great story, especially about the others learning to take advantage of the situation for treats etc. Blessings! Jasmin Horst
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|I've never seen a black squirrel, but the ones around here sure know how to get Rufuz all upset, though they stay just out of his reach...smart little guys...Ed|
|Reviewed by Bonnie May
|What an enlightening and delightful write Ed, gave me smiles and joy. If Little Blackie gets close give him a big kiss for me. I've got a walnut tree out front and I watch the little squirrels stock up for winter. Great fun, great write. Love, Bonnie|
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|PeeWee, a few years back we had a cheeky squirrel living on the grounds around the house in Norway. I never had a brekfast without it patiently waiting for its too. The funny thing was seeing him eating a slice of white bread from the center to the not so soft rim crust, getting it around its neck and getting all worked up trying to take it off!
|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
|ED - sounds like Blackie is quite gregarious.
Heard some 'tapping' like noises myself last night. Thought it was rain on the kitchen windows - muted the TV, went to look outside - not rain - listened intently - traced the noise to the corner - was just GUS - obviously chowing down on some peanuts and cookies.
TV back on, and finished my movie - with a few SNACKS, of course.
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
You should see the big ole smile on my face - what a charming, delightful picture and write! Have never seen a black squirrel. He's beautiful! Next time you see him, throw him a peanut for me. :) Well done!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.