true story (mostly): my cousin visited from Israel, squirrel'less childhood wanting until she saw one cracking walnuts; 'oh, what a sweetheart!' she cried, as it took apple from her hand
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A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause near the middle, similar to a caesura, though the break need not be metrical. The first half of the line contains six to nine syllables; the second half should contain no fewer than five. Originally intended as songs, sijo can treat romantic, metaphysical, or spiritual themes. Whatever the subject, the first line introduces an idea or story, the second supplies a “turn,” and the third provides closure. Modern sijo are sometimes printed in six lines.
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32 thoughts on “New Jersey, or: The Negev”
Wonderfully told David and anything cute & new at any age is amazing in my book!!
💜🥰 Karima 🥰💜
Haha. What a delightful poem! I love this. The message behind this is so powerful.
💕🙏🏻 Lamittan 🙏🏻💕 ~ thanks!
Most welcome, David. 💝
A delightful piece, David! There is an abundance of squirrels in my neck of the woods. It’s fun to watch their antics as they play in the trees.
💓🙏🏻 Eugi 🙏🏻💓
Such beautiful lines ✨
💞🙏🏻 Navin 🙏🏻💞 ~ thanks!
You’re welcome, David ✨💟💫
Squirrels here will even steal food out of backpacks. They are at least cuter than rats. (K)
❤️ 🐿 Kerfe 🐿 ❤️
I’m always amazed that people think them cute when in reality they are Not!
💕🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻💕 ~ I think they are!
So sweet. Love it.💕
💗🙏🏻 Grace 🙏🏻💗
Is your cousin from New Jersey? The squirrels there are like Godzilla. 😂 🐿️
I grew up in NJ. My cousin grew up in the Negev ☺️
Oops! I’m from New York. A lot of what New Yorkers do is complain about New Jersey! 🤣
It’s all good 👍🏻
Oh i love this! So real 🙂
🍎🐿 Sangeetha 🍎🐿
There are no oak-hickory forests in Israel?
How lovely you captured her feelings in this sijo.
I just Googled information about squirrels in Israel… apparently there are some now, but they’re an invasive species…
When my cousin visited us in our (hers and mine) childhood, she’d never seen one… that was in the late 80’s, I think.
Ah yes, I know this from where I was born. These nut trees are alien in my country as well
I only got to see a squirrel (the grey ones) when I visited the Cape Town Gardens on a field trip with my classmates moons ago, so I can somewhat imagine her feelings.
We haven’t any here, however we saw many in the USA in the 80s.
🐿 Andrew 🐿
Oh, I’m led to believe that they are Indigenous to North America, I dont quite know where, there.
The Grey squirrel was introduced into South Africa by Cecil John Rhodes. I think they must be popular in Holland as well since also eat the fruit of tulip poplar.
They Gray is also the most active of all the squirrels. Not so much during the day. They love the early mornings as well as the evenings.
🤭 Abi 🤭 ~ you’ve done your research!
😊, yes David.
I once was a teacher.