The ground squirrel appeared from nowhere--greeting the morn just like me,
From his vantage point--a boulder--he studied his world quietly.
I spanned the yard beyond my fence, admiring wildflowers and their blooms;
When there again, the furry guy, but a new post he now assumes.
Oh wait, whatís this, now thereís two--the original squirrel Iíve spied,
He hadnít run off like Iíd thought, rather the critters have multiplied.
In my viewing I clearly see one is bigger than the other,
Perhaps theyíre a dad and son or a daughter with her mother.
I wonder what theyíre up to as they scamper about the rocks,
Iím certain that theyíd run and hide if I approached them in my socks.
Iíd never want to scare them, so I remain observant from my chair.
Occasionally they look my way, then at each other we just stare.
The smaller critter is playful--stretched on legs, heís standing tall.
Is he looking for something special, or just looking and thatís all?
Two birds fly by, he scurries off, but seconds later reappears,
Timidly now he scales the rock, crouching slowly in his fear.
Back and forth, up and down, heís amusing me without even trying,
Gone again--no there he is--wrong, itís the adult that I am eyeing.
I linger, spanning the woodsy field; a humming bird sips a flower,
Blissful butterflies flutter by and the trees smile from recent showers.
God cares for all living things, wild flowers and towering trees,
Iím smiling at these critters when Iím kissed by a summer breeze.
A thought comes to mind before beginning my meditation,
I ought to play hide and seek every day with Godís creations.
With fresh eyes I might see things I ignored in days gone by,
A whole new world of beauty could open to me if I try.
As I bring this to a close, the boulder beckons my attention,
Again I spot the frisky squirrels--I thought it worth a mention.
Authorís note: When I went outside this morning , this really is the scene that unfolded before me.
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