Thursday, January 23, 2020


Downtown Squirrels

Downtown squirrels live a gritty life.
Not many plots of grass or leafy trees.
Downtown squirrels are grounded squirrels
who spend their time dodging cars
and dogs who chase and bark. They dig through trash
for food and fight gardeners for palm fronds.

Downtown squirrels don’t have the luxury
of their uptown brothers who needn’t live
like bandits. Uptown squirrels make
people smile and children giggle. They live
in nut-filled parks, free of
guard dogs and rush-hour traffic.

Who scratched the lucky lotto ticket
or threw the dice that decided against us
and not our uptown brothers?

--Jeri Thompson

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