Squirrel gogyohka

For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge on the theme of giving thanks.



winter cold comes

red squirrel scrabbles among fallen leaves

finds a cache of acorns

thanks the forest

plants a few more trees

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

21 thoughts on “Squirrel gogyohka”

  1. Delightful words and image. And I don’t know if you remember, but our family Thanksgiving includes cranberry sauce in a ceramic squirrel mold. I saw the image of the mold pop up on FB today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Oh, I’d forgotten that! Do you plant some of the cranberries afterwards?
      Another ‘funny’ thing to add to the list ๐Ÿ™‚
      Do you remember that my job in the real world was in the wine business? How’s your daughter enjoying it?

      1. No, I think cranberries need a bog. Actually, my niece is the cranberry sauce maker.
        Oh, I do remember that! And funny that you remember my daughter is working part-time in a winery. She’s not exactly in the wine business, as she’s a full-time teacher, but she is working on getting a wine certification. She likes it–the other day she got to sit in the back and make crafts and sip a glass of wine during her shift. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      2. Shame about the bog. They’re hard to come by in the city, it’s true.
        The wine sipping is the best part of it ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s as though we are composed of the same elements they’re just arranged in two different patterns!

  2. I never thought of what they do like that. But you’re right, they are doing some re-planting. I’ve never really seen them digging in the city. Just always running up a tree with a mouthful.

    A nice poem Jane.


    1. They bury acorns close to home so they don’t have to stumble far to the larder when the weather is really cold. But squirrels don’t have particularly good memories, it seems ๐Ÿ™‚

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