Smoky Hoss

Gold Star - 11,109 Points (01 may 1962 / U.S.A.)

Chipmunks Confusion - Poem by Smoky Hoss

Tail held high
Sprints across the street
On the fly -
To get to the other side
His only goal
There to dive
In another hole -
But wait,
Half way across
His small attention span
Gets lost -
The aroma of an acorn
Lingers upon the center line
With just one sweet sniff
He knows what he must find -
With the street
Several cars
He does meet -
Dodging them all
In and out
Strictly by chance
Blindly following his commanding snout -
Desire rules
Over fear for death's sake
Find the acorn
Whatever it takes -
At length
Circling full around
Back to where he started
In his own abode, under the ground -
He thinks to self,
That seductive sweet scent
Was the nut, here, on my own home shelf -
... So, back out
Once more he goes
Resuming his daily routine
Of crossing the road -

Poet's Notes about The Poem

- Out for a stroll along a quiet street, a chipmunk
scurried across in front of me; I thought to myself: 'Why did the chipmunk cross the road? ' -

Comments about Chipmunks Confusion by Smoky Hoss

  • Heather Wilson (6/3/2012 3:33:00 PM)

    A great write,
    Poor chipmunk never quite making it, I guess they were there before roads that are no use to them.
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  • (6/1/2012 5:01:00 PM)

    I've always loved chipmunks and squirrels, there real underdogs for working class heros. (Report) Reply

  • (5/28/2012 3:44:00 PM)

    A great poem, like it, my attention span is about the same, a great write. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/23/2012 9:07:00 PM)

    He crossed that road because we put it in his way.
    I call on all chipmunks to rebel and have their day!
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  • (5/22/2012 11:13:00 AM)

    sounds like the story of my life! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/21/2012 8:40:00 AM)

    Same reason as the chicken - to get to the other side! Seriously, this poem suggests that we expend a great deal of time and energy looking for the treasures we already possess if we did but realize. Good one. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 20, 2012

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