Outdoors, Poetry, Writing

A Morning Bath #WordsMatter #WhenItRains

7 Sep , 2019  

Oh, that silly squirrel! He preens –
Peering through the window-screens
and making funny faces.

Nose-to-nose, cross-eyed, we stare –
neither one of us would dare,
if not for glass and wire mesh.

What’s drawn the would-be burglar here?
It’s rare to see his face so near…
Ah! Raindrops in an upturned pan!

An upside-down rice cooker insert holding a bit of water for parched birds, squirrels, lizards, and such.The view looking out from my kitchen window. There's a small green anole (lizard) in the little "pond" atop the overturned rice cooker.

Yes, when it rains, my little friend
Returns once more to garden’s end
To scold a tiny wizened gnome

Guarding acorns near his home.
That faithful little man won’t roam
But poorly keeps squirrel’s secrets.

A wizened little garden gnome that has seen better days. He's fiercely guarding the vegetable garden where the squirrel likes to bury his acorns and peanuts.A wider view of the garden, showing a live oak, a wooden bench, and in the background, the vegetable garden guarded by the old gnome.


This is my contribution to the second installment of the #WordsMatter Blog Hop. The prompt for September is ‘when it rains’.

Do visit FantasticFeathers’s take on the prompt, in which Mahathi shares her thoughts on rain, both gentle and violent: When it Rains.. #WordsMatter. Then read Unishta’s post at Mumbai on a High: When it rains #WordsMatter – a short story of disillusionment and hope.

And, Jahir C., I do hope you enjoy this little update on the garden gnome. He’s still there, faithfully tending to the basil, hot peppers, mint, and tomatoes. Thank you for your recommendation for the WP VR – 360 Panorama and virtual tour creator for WordPress plug-in as a replacement for the outdated one I had been using for a Gnome’s-Eye View of My Herb Garden – your plug-in works beautifully!

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28 Responses

  1. Leo says:

    Not sure which I love more, the poem or the pics (esp. the garden gnome) 🙂 Could imagine the scene of the squirrel scolding the gnome 😉

  2. Kala Ravi says:

    That was such a delightful poem Holly! You have a lovely backyard garden!

  3. Obsessivemom says:

    That image of a squirrel and a cross-eyed you made me smile this morning. Your gnome reminds me of Big Ears from the Noddy books by enid Blyton.

  4. Unishta says:

    Pure delight . I could just imagine you stalking this little creature as it scampered in your garden.

  5. The pictures and the poem … both are so captivating. The poem is beautiful and the pictures are going well with it.

  6. The squirrel tale continues from last month’s prompt ‘outside the window’. I enjoyed reading that one and I enjoyed the squirrel returning to scold your garden gnome. What fun it must be to watch the squirrel talking to the gnome figure. That bench in the sunshine is inviting.
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  7. The gnome looks kind and sweet. The squirrel sounds naughty 🙂 Loved reading your poem and the pictures are lovely too.

  8. Rajlakshmi says:

    this is such a delightful read. I haven’t seen a squirrel in years. We don’t have them in Australia.
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    • Thank you, Rajlakshmi. I’ll bet you’d trade a whole squirrel invasion for some of the critters you DO have, there! I would love to visit Australia, but there are so many types of wildlife there that will KILL you without batting an eye – your spiders are the stuff of my nightmares. 😉

  9. Rajlakshmi says:

    this is such a delightful read. I haven’t seen a squirrel in years. We don’t have them in Australia. 🙂
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  10. Suha Vijay says:

    I was really imagining the squirrel’s faces. Loved the poem

  11. You have given us a good view of your garden, squirrels and gnomes with this poem. It’s good to see squirrels make faces from window.

  12. Shalzmojo says:

    The squirrel scolding the gnome has got to be the sweetest thing about this poem; enjoyed reading it and wondering if this really happened in your garden Holly!

  13. I could literally imagine you peeping through the glass window and following its trail time to time. I had such experience but without the glass window in between. By the way you have a lovely backyard.

  14. Your backyard garden is very beautiful. Squirrels and gnomes – lovely duo!

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  15. MeenalSonal says:

    Squirrel is so agile creature and it so difficult to take a snap of it. Loved your take on the prompt.

  16. Anagha Yatin says:

    Such a light, refreshing take on the prompt! I believe the little gnome is growing old and hence cant keep his secrets. The furry friend has all the rights to give him earful…
    Loved it!

  17. Esha M Dutta says:

    Such a delightful poem, Holly! Loved your take on the prompt. Agree with Anamika about the bench—it is so inviting!
    P.S. I’d love to have a garden (complete with the squirrels and the gnome!) someday.

  18. Parul Thakur says:

    What a pretty place. I love how vibrant that looks. So cute. Thank you Holly for sharing this lovely poem and the happy vibes with #WordsMatter.
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  19. I can just see it all happening. We have a whole family of squirrels running around some fallen trees in the compound. I love watching them scamper over the logs and play .

  20. Sweet! I’d love to visit your lovely garden someday! I know one little boy who will love to play there! Wishing you all many happy days in it.
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  21. Apeksha Rao says:

    Oh that’s a naughty squirrel! Loved that garden gnome, though. We have squirrels running all over our balconies, too, and I could so relate to your poem.

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