So let me see if I got this right.
You pick up a green walnut
from the ground and you sit there
on a branch and you tear
into it with your sharp incisors.
That’s a beautiful tail you’ve got
there for balance by the way.
Anyway, you sit there chewing
and spitting and spitting
and chewing, making your
way through that bitter rind.
Makes me think of a lots of situations
in life and all the time you’re
getting down to the really hard part,
but you know there’s something
sweet and nutritious deep inside.
I watch you work.
You’re really good at it.
I’ve got a few talents too,
but that’s why I’m resting.
Anyway, eventually you get down
to the nut and then, just when I thought
you’d risk a tooth gnawing through
to the meat, you jam the whole thing
in your mouth.
You scurry away and I catch on.
You’re going to bury it in the ground,
let the earth soften it up
and when you’re good and hungry
come back, dig it up
and finish the job.
Smart as a fox,
which reminds me.
That’s really a very beautiful tail
you’ve got there.
By the way,
crossing the street.