Sunday, 25 November 2007

Poetry and Animals

Yesterday we went to the Botanic Gardens and this haiku is absolutely true and sums up how I feel about animals and how they feel about me:

expecting food -
a squirrel runs to me
and hugs my leg.

I write a lot of poetry about animals, especially birds. Here are some examples from the archives:

Passenger Pigeon

Swifts

In the Dark (for Anya our rabbit)

I have also posted several poems featuring birds over on Bolts of Silk, the most recent being:

Yang Chung's Poem 70 by Duane Locke

First by Frank Praeger

Animals for Totally Optional Prompts

19 comments:

Janice Thomson said...

How absolutely delightful Juliet! You write so well the connection between all things. I love this.

Ričardas said...

I can't stop smiling when I imagine that funny squirrel :) Nicely written.

Madeleine said...

I like your haiku, but I prefer our local squirrels at a somewhat safer distance. :)

Nice bird poems too!
Mad Kane

Crafty Green Poet said...

Janice, Ricardas, Madeleine - thanks!

Selma said...

Awwww, I miss wee squirrels. Lovely piece!

my backyard said...

You've got bold squirrels in your neighborhood. Mine are scaredycats even though I feed them.

aka Danny Wise said...

Yeah! They usually run away from me...

Jo said...

Of course, this was that post....I already read, lovely.

paisley said...

i love animals and have a seemingly wonderful relationship with them,, till i go to feed my barn cat,, and he continuously wants to bite me...

go figure....

Rob Kistner said...

The haiku is crisp and nice... I especially like the piece on Swifts.

Pauline said...

your little haiku scurries along, just like the squirrel

sister AE said...

I'm glad the squirrel feelings are mutual - one would hate to think of you being mugged by a little critter!

I love the swifts poem! it tugs at my heart.

tumblewords said...

You write fine natural-flow nature connections that are truly a pleasure to read!

Writer on Board said...

In the Dark (sweet) and Swift (sublime) my favorites. Thank you Juliet. As always.

Holly Mac said...

Oh, that made me giggle. Really great job. I love using squirrels in poems. They make such good characters.

Here's an old "squirrely" poem I wrote:

http://hollyannam.blogspot.com/2006/11/creativity.html

Dennis said...

I love the image of the expectant squirrel. Almost cartoonish! Super.

Linda said...

An amazing image from so few words!

gautami tripathy said...

Squirrels are always running in and out of my balcony. I love watching them. Sometimes I fed them out of hand too.


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...deb said...

I so enjoyed the anthology you set here for us.

It was hard to choose a favorite of yours, so I just won't try (I did love your rabbit dancing with joy when no one was watching).