Squirrel in the Winter – #Tanka

A squirrel chitters
Outside double pane windows
I sip hot chocolate
While she eats frozen acorns
I stay quiet, she feels secure.


This was written for Collen Chesebro’s weekly Tanka Tuesday #112 – Cold and Safe.  When I was growing up, we hunted squirrels vigorously – but one winter, a tiny squirrel climbed up on our porch and ate our dog’s food.  She would cuddle up against the window, from whence I suppose some heat emitted, and eat her bounty.  Our poor dog was basically Gandhi and wouldn’t defend his food, so we eventually started putting cereal grains and nuts out on a table so she’d have preferable goods to eat. 

Pomeranian Dog

Spud – basically dog Gandhi

In the spring she had a nest full of baby squirrels in a tree nearby.  They grew up bigger than her, took her territory, and kicked her further into the forest where we never saw her again.  We later shot them and ate them. 


Current pupper Hector who was bought because of Spud’s breed and turned out to IN NO WAY be dog Gandhi (but I still love him because he’s bold, brave, and fun)

25 thoughts on “Squirrel in the Winter – #Tanka

  1. Colleen Chesebro says:

    Oh, I loved your poem and the story to go along. I’ve had three Pomeranians now, but my babies are all passed now. My favorite breed. ❤ But, really… you ate all the squirrels? LOL!

  2. Miriam Hurdle says:

    I have squirrels in my backyard. There was a big one came to eat the bird seeds. This year I saw a smaller squirrel came to visit and eat the bird seeds. I don’t know where the bigger one has gone!
    I love you squirrel story. No, I wouldn’t eat squirrels!! 🙂

  3. Sophia Ismaa says:

    I… had no idea that people eat squirrels. Huh, that’s strange. The poem is lovely and the story isthe best thing I’ve read on WP this week (although, that second part took a dark turn that I didn’t expect… I wonder why they did that to mama squirrel?) and dog Gandhi is adorable. I mean, both dogs are impeccably trimmed, both very fashionable dogs indeed. New dog is definitely owning the look more though.

  4. Marnie says:

    You need to write a poem about that poor squirrel getting run out by her kids. That is so sad.

    My dog is also non-territorial about her food, but thankfully the only other animal eating out of that bowl is our cat. 🙂

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Poor Spud was unlike any dog I’ve otherwise known. I definitely plan on writing more about Spud, but the squirrel’s story is one mostly watched through windows as they chased each other around the trees.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Before I became pescatarian, the only animal I think I wouldn’t eat was monkey due to disease transmission properties. But yeah – if it came in our yard, it ran the risk of becoming our supper.

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