(A Rispetto with closing Envoi)
Those chubby cheeks that hold the seed,
A fuzzy face soon raids the stash.
He pilfers grain the birdies need,
This little guy’s manners, so brash.
He scampers fast on tiny feet
While searching for a tasty treat.
An acrobatic climbing chum,
Who gobbles each and every crumb
The squirrels and chipmunks take their share,
But I don’t care!
When ever I load the bird feeder, the chipmunks and squirrels come to take their share. I don’t mind. They are so cute and it’s fun to watch their antics. Of course they make a mess. But everything seems to work out.
This poem is a Rispetto. The Rispetto is a classic Italian form consisting of only 8 lines divided into two quatrains. The meter is iambic tetrameter: daDUMdaDUMdaDUMdaDUM. The distinguishing characteristic of this form is that the rhyme scheme changes from abab alternate-line rhyming in stanza one to ccdd couplet rhyming in the second.
I added a closing Envoi, which is a short stanza at the end of a poem used either to address an imagined or actual person, or (as in this case) comment on the preceding body of the poem.
The author took the accompanying photograph of his backyard birdfeeder on June 9, 2013.