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Just Vermin

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Just Vermin You're only a rodent– Just vermin, some say: You carry disease; You hatch ticks and fleas; You put little children and dogs ill-at-ease; But I've seen how you prance and you leap through the trees, And I could never think of you that way. But you're different still– Though like other squirrels, You flip and you twirl Through the warm summer breeze In an earnest ballet Held high in the trees; And your reflexes, as fast— And your black eyes, as keen— As those of any squirrel That I've
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  © 2000 by Mike Matloff. All Rights Reserved. Just Vermin You're only a rodent–Just vermin , some say:You carry disease;You hatch ticks and fleas;You put little children and dogs ill-at-ease;But I've seen how you prance and you leap through the trees,And  I  could never think of you that way.But  you're different still–Though like other squirrels,You flip and you twirlThrough the warm summer breezeIn an earnest balletHeld high in the trees;And your reflexes, as fast—And your black eyes, as keen—As those of any squirrelThat I've ever seen;But your breast and your coatAre the color of pearl,And this I've not seenOn any other squirrel.And I can't help but noticeThat you're all alone;That other squirrels refuse to makeYour tree their home;That you're shunned and you're hated,Taunted and baited,And over time you've become bitter and jadedIn a world where color determines affection,And to be different means to endure endless rejection;And it seems to me that you've paid quite a priceFor this genetic roll of the dice.  © 2000 by Mike Matloff. All Rights Reserved. But, oh, how you're beautiful, my friend:How your pearly coat shinesIn a glimmer of sunWhen the afternoon's goneAnd the day's at an end;And the winter snow hides you;You have less to fearWhen predators draw near,For the white coat you wearMakes you harder to pursue;Damn what others might say–I like you, my friend!For you and I are connected:We've both been rejected,And we both know the worldIsn't what it should be;Yes, I like you white squirrel,For I know you are me . For Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's very own, honest-to-goodness whitesquirrel.
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