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Friday 26 April 2013


Round the aspen's trunk, the squirrel's double helix -- one up, one down,
like Aunt May's little house whose garden boasts the magic tree.
In my mind's eye the squirrel weaves the DNA I'm sure they share!

Written for dVerse Poets where Samuel Peralta is introducing us to this form of Korean Poetry.


Carl said...

I se squirrels in a whole new light. Thanks Dave!

Mary said...

Very clever, Dave!

Brian Miller said...

very interesting look at the squirrels dave...i love to watch them playing...cool pairing it with dNa

kaykuala said...

Observant comment on how the squirrels move. Yes, they go opposite directions when at play. Nicely Dave!


jabblog said...

Squirrels forming a double helix - I'd never realised that before, but they often do:-)

Susan said...

DNA / squirrels scampering! Lovely!
First read through, my mind filled with many, second time through I imagined one running up and down. Depends on whether they possess the helix or move in that pattern while they make artful dance of the DNA they share with ... all of us?

Tawnya Smith said...

Ah! I've seen such scamperings so many times up north and at my grandparents' farm. Delightful, memorable write with a touch of humor and whimsy. Well done.

Grace said...

This is delightful Dave ~ I like those squirrels running up the magic tree ~

Wolfsrosebud said...

this poem is so visual

Janine Bollée said...

Ask anybody to explain what a spiral staircase is and they will immediately stir the air with their index finger.
For your poem we need two of those :-)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Interesting take on the squirrels.

Cloudia said...

Such a wonderful eye. Great instincts, married to rich observation/education. Always edifying! :-)


Claudia said...

haha..so cool...just a perfect fit me thinks

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

Great image the squirrel's double helix.

brudberg said...

I love the squirrels in my garden, but never ever I would have thought about DNA... great images.

Anonymous said...

Ha! This is the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA - isn't it? Something like that. Amazing - and a lot of fun here with the conjunction of Aunts and squirrels. k.

Semaphore said...

That is fabulously funny! I never would have thought of the squirrels spiralling up and down the trees as if they were double helices. Well done!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

What Semaphore said! :)

Elephant's Child said...

Brilliant - thank you.

Dave King said...

Canny little things, they be!

Thanks for saying.

Yes, I find them quite fascinating.

Thanks Hank.

Maybe they know more than we imagine!

Yes, they leave us with a lot to conjecture!

Thank you so much.

Thanks Grace, good to have your thoughts.

I find this very pleasing to hear. Thank you.

Maybe... but be careful which two you use, won't you?

Thanks for saying...

Very kind comment. Thank you so much.

Thanks Claudia.

Thanks. Good to know you think so.

Well, maybe not ALL squirrels are into DNA...

Spot on! Thursday, I believe it was, which is why I thought I'd work it in - then fotgot to note it on the post. Prize chump!

Thanks. Pleasing to know that the humour was appreciated.

And ditto. Thanks.

Elephant's Child
Very generous. Much thanks.