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I wrote this poem this morning. I thought our Talk Parrots Community might enjoy it. 💚


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Written while lost in thought in our Back Deck Bubble during the 2020 Pandemic



Squirrels and birds
Squirrels and birds
Does anyone know the word
On attracting backyard squirrels and birds?

Hes out on the back deck, again
The peanut man
In blue plaid and matching ball cap
Putting unsalted unshelled peanuts in a row
On the side railing of the back deck
Next to the sky blue umbrella
To keep away the sun when it is open
But at this moment it is closed
Signaling the backyard critters
That the deck is open for business.

Squirrels and birds
Squirrels and birds
Does anyone know the word
On attracting backyard squirrels and birds?

The quick spirited blue jay is the first
To spot his ground nut side-rail prize
With a majestic swoop, he captures a peanut in his beak
And flies back to his top branch of the nearby maple
Knowing that he has had stealth on his side.

Squirrels and birds
Squirrels and birds
Does anyone know the word
On attracting backyard squirrels and birds?

The noisy grackles are the next to gather
Whisper-singing amongst themselves
That the buffet has been laid out without fail
As they walk with determination along the rail
Either picking out a choice peanut
Or flinging nuts over rail
To land 10 feet down on the grassy lawn.

Squirrels and birds
Squirrels and birds
Does anyone know the word
On attracting backyard squirrels and birds?

And the last to make their way
To the backyard side-rail deck
Are the trio of grey squirrels
(Of tiny clawed paws
And bushy bushy tails)
That undulate a squirrel ballet
With grace and precision
As they race-jump along the deck railings.

Will the furry family
Pack their cheek-pouches with nuts
And be on their way
Or pick a rail corner and nibble on their legumes
As grackles scatter around them?
It seems it is a mix of both strategies this early eve
That the grey squirrels have chosen
For ultimate success.

And now, the deck rail has been picked clean
Another early evening feast has come to an end.
The sun paints the sky rosen and gold
Before the glitter-black of night descends.

Squirrels and birds
Squirrels and birds
It seems the peanut man knows the word
On attracting backyard squirrels and birds.





Sweet Parakeet 5/27/2020

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I started singing the words of your poem in my head to the Joni Mitchell song "Carey!" It may not have fit in some places but it fit my mood perfectly!
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I love it!


I started singing the words of your poem in my head to the Joni Mitchell song "Carey!" It may not have fit in some places but it fit my mood perfectly!

Thanks, Mr. Peepers! I mentioned to my partner, J., that this could be a great song if put to music. But I also realized that parts of this poem were written freestyle, so perhaps it would be best to have these lines spoken, while the repetitive chorus could be sung.


J. has written songs. He plays guitar. And we have co-written songs before.

I tend to write the lyrics -- but it is easier for me when I can imagine the melody to get the meter right.


Thanks again, for your enthusiasm. I plan to search on the YouTube channel for Joni Mitchell's Carey to experience my words in a similar environment as you have experienced them. *hugs* ~ Sweet Parakeet
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Thanks, Mr. Peepers! I mentioned to my partner, J., that this could be a great song if put to music. But I also realized that parts of this poem were written freestyle, so perhaps it would be best to have these lines spoken, while the repetitive chorus could be sung.


J. has written songs. He plays guitar. And we have co-written songs before.

I tend to write the lyrics -- but it is easier for me when I can imagine the melody to get the meter right.


Thanks again, for your enthusiasm. I plan to search on the YouTube channel for Joni Mitchell's Carey to experience my words in a similar environment as you have experienced them. *hugs* ~ Sweet Parakeet

Yes! I see how the feeling of Carey fit quite well with a reading of Home Nature Channel. Thanks, Mr. P. I'll be sure to mention this to J. [AKA peanut man] once he wakes from his afternoon nap.
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