The Ballad of Stanley Squirrel

Written for:  Poetic Asides April 2017 Challenge – Day 22
Write a fable poem.  (conveys a moral, usually told with animal characters)

A haughty squirrel named Stanley,
refused to share nuts and similar
staples of life. No wife. Kept
to himself.

Other squirrels in community
came to each other’s aid–if one
of their group was hurt,
hungry or afraid. As these
neighborly squirrels sprinted
about collecting a stash
for winter, Stanley kept
his tail raised, unfazed
by their activity.

Winter whooshed in early one
year. Stanley holed up
in his tree guarding
his hoard, bored with talk
of communal gathering.
A storm blew through,
uprooting Stanley’s tree,
knocking him to his knees.
His collection of foodstuffs
scattered and rolled out
of sight. Stan’s paw
was hurt, his food gone.
He panicked. Other trees
had fallen, but the community-
minded squirrels pooled
their food. Everyone was
sheltered and fed,
except Stanley.

The moral is lend a paw,
for you never know
when you will need one.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are in the process of returning to New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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