Poem, 2020, poems.poetrysociety.org.uk:
Squirrel by Finn Farnsworth
Swift and agile
Sleek and prehensile –
Skittering across bark
And as dexterously over brick –
The arch survivor –
A thief in woodland
A bandit of suburbia,
Beautiful peanut pirate.
You skim the rigging of
Rotary washing lines
And old telephone wires:
A Spinnaker of balance –
A back garden acrobat.
Grey down of fur covers
The machine of sinew
Wired to shoot across
Gate post, sign post,
Post box – post haste.
The highwayman of the high street,
Terror of the terraces
Ply your profession –
Livelihood in the manmade Landscape.
A narrow escape
With a clutch of grapes
Hijacked from garden vine
Jam-packed with sweet juice.
You make a getaway
Into ornamental spruce
Where you have your hideaway.
The squirrel is a playful, cheeky, intelligent tree climber, loves a challenge, and can solve almost any problem to get to food. It can descend a tree head first by rotating its ankles 180 degrees.
ADVICE: It may be a time for you to relax, knowing that you have an abundance of resources now, thanks to your planning, preparation, and hard work. You have risen to the challenges with creativity and class. You have gained wisdom and strength too. You are poised and ready for whatever comes next. Go head first into the future.
“The squirrels, leaping joyfully from branch to branch: not a single one doubts its existence.” – Marty Rubin
Lives in a range of habitats
Americas, Eurasia, Africa continents
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
REFERENCES: A combination of the following Oracle cards were used (with a dash of my own lifelong learning).
Archangel Animal Oracle Cards by Diana Cooper
L’Oracle du Peuple Animal by Arnaud Riou
Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer
The Druid Animal Oracle Deck by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm
The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid
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