Friday Haiku: Squirrelver’s Travels

Am I a giant? / Or lost in surreal madness? / Your haiku decides


Thanks for the trip through the looking glass, Betsy B. Photo by the squirrely John C. His Flickr photos are here.

Update: NTMTOM here, pickin’ some faves (as of noon Pacific Time):

Am I dreaming you,
Or is it you dreaming me?
Let’s never wake up.

Master Skwerla teach
Young Skwerlwalker Ways of Force
Pumpkin, lift you will?

Window shopping sqwerl
Sees stripes are in this season
And giant handbags
(Trabb’s Boy)

contemplative hands
what the hell is that blue thing?
oh, look- tiny me!

Beautiful rodent
In an unaccustomed role
Big man on campus

Squirrel’s autumn gaze
My double, safe and secure
While I adventure

Behind the window
artificial reflection
of my perfection

at the stroke of noon
your coach became a pumpkin
my nuts hit the floor
(Patito Gigante)



  1. Is this happening?
    Maybe I’ll go ask Alice.
    Chihuly pumpkin??

  2. That is not a skwerrl.
    Why is it pointing at that?
    None of this is real.

  3. I have found him, now.
    He will be my mini me.
    This force field is lame.

  4. brinnann says:

    It took a minute
    To figure out what the hell’s
    Wrong with the pumpkin

    It looks like his stem
    Is just a big curlicue
    Trailing down his side

  5. Brinann, I’m thinking,
    It’s big blue armor plate things
    Like Stegosaurus.

  6. Laieanna says:

    You and me, buddy
    We are to travel the world
    Shame glass between us

  7. Am I dreaming you,
    Or is it you dreaming me?
    Let’s never wake up.

    [ 😆 Nice! – Ed.]

  8. brinnann says:

    Theresa, he may
    Just have a large, weird growth on
    His epidermis.

  9. brinnann says:

    OOoh, Cath, I love that one!

  10. BeckyMonster says:

    Through the glass darkly…
    Is this a fun house mirror?
    I’m a REAL squirrel now!

  11. The little people
    inside this big-screen TV
    are not so little.

  12. CoffeeCup says:

    Why so silent, friend?
    Have I offended your calm?
    Hello? Who sees this?

    * Pretty sure I don’t know how to write haikus because I fell asleep during that part in high school English class.

  13. Katrina says:

    Stegasaurus yes
    Still don’t know what it means though
    Christmas Cactus, too

  14. Jeff Mason says:


  15. I like Lynch’s films,
    but I’m not clever enough
    to understand them.

    [Laughing out loud here.
    [I’ve seen a few Lynch movies.
    [You’re not the problem. – Ed.]

  16. Blah blah blah squirrel
    Blah blah blah little squirrel
    Blah blah blah window.

  17. Paunchie says:

    through the looking glass
    chasing rabbits tra la la
    are you my girl friend?

  18. Camille says:

    Poor Liliputian
    Squirlio is trapped inside
    Where no acorns grow.

  19. CoffeeCup says:

    Please stop your pointing
    It is rude and strange to see
    Yet you continue

  20. You like thees punkin?
    Eet ees fancy glass punkin.
    Ees yours for seex nuts.

  21. CoffeeCup says:

    There are two of me
    I can’t talk about Fight Club
    Do not ask me please

  22. brinnann says:

    😆 @ Theo! You KNOW that doesn’t look like “six” at first glance, right?

    [NO idea what you’re on about. 😛 – Ed.]

  23. Katiedid says:

    Oh dear, sweet Theo
    What in the world are seex nuts?
    Where can I find them?

  24. Great Skwerl Folded Paws
    Share with me sekrit of life
    Eat more nuts small one

    Master Skwerla teach
    Young Skwerlwalker Ways of Force
    Pumpkin, lift you will?

  25. brinnann says:

    😆 You guys are cracking me up! Soon the peeps at work are gonna start wondering what the heck’s wrong with me!

  26. Where to get seex nuts?
    Hmm, lemme get back to you.
    It’s not what you think.

  27. CoffeeCup says:

    Squeak squeaker squeakum
    Squeaks squeaky squeako squeakin
    Squeaky Squeaker Squeakum

  28. Brinn knows a skwerl that haz 2. :-p

  29. brinnann says:

    CoffeeCup I think
    That may be a quote from the
    Emperor’s New Groove

  30. brinnann says:

    *snerk* Metz do you know
    How to post a linky-poo
    To to that pic from here?

  31. Haiku Friday, Peeps!
    It’s five-seven-five or fail!
    Count those syllables!

  32. Trabb's Boy says:

    She used pumpkin bait.
    I said, “Chip, you can’t trust her!”
    I hate being right.

    On a lighter note:

    Window shopping sqwerl
    Sees stripes are in this season
    And giant handbags

  33. brinnann says:

    If I had not typed
    Two ‘to’s accidentally
    That would have been right 🙄

    [It’s not about you.
    [OK, not JUST about you.
    [/analretentive] – Ed.

  34. Haggling over price
    seex nuts iz pricey trinket
    I will give you two

  35. Photo credit due
    To my dear dear friend Brinnann
    Kudos to her skills

  36. #33, pt. 2 FTW!

  37. I am haunted by
    The eternal question. It’s
    “Where is the peanut?”

  38. Paunchie says:

    Seex nuts?? I knew a guy with seex nuts once…. there’s gotta be a few limericks in there!


  40. Squirrely wonders
    What to bring home from his trip
    As a memento

    He thinks it would be
    Funny to bring back mini
    Version of himself

    (Anyone else know
    The song by No More Kings called
    “Leaving Lilliput”?)

  41. CoffeeCup says:

    Brinann, you are right
    I had to watch a vid
    To get it all right*

    *The video was coincidentally, in Norwegian, which I don’t speak. So the only part I did understand was…”squeak squeakum squeak squeak” …..

  42. Paunchie says:

    HAHA @ Theo !

  43. Jakepets says:

    Cath should win some sort of prize for her lovely haiku … thanks for the lyrical (and cute) moment!

  44. Katiedid says:

    Poor, Poor, Poor Theo
    Don’t bang your head on the desk
    Here is some asprin 😀

  45. Stunbunny says:

    Small frozen comrade
    Your liberation comes soon
    After the pumpkin’s

  46. Noelle (the First) says:

    Hahahahahahahahaha *breathe* Hahahahahahahahahaha *breathe* Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha *klunk* [forgot to breathe, passed out, fell over]

    You guys keel me! I love you people!

  47. Theo, I’m confused.
    Your last haiku only works
    if you don’t pronounce “/.”

    Perhaps I should say
    Your last haiku felt weird, ‘cos
    I DO pronounce “/.”

    [Web developers.
    [Always getting pedantic.
    [HTML5? – Ed.]

  48. May I please come in?
    I’m cold and lonely out here.
    Life is so unfair

  49. Paunchie says:

    There was a guy from
    Nantucket who kept all his
    Nuts in a bucket

    [ 😆 – Ed.]

  50. brinnann says:

    Theo, does this mean
    That each comment on each post
    Must Haiku today?

  51. temperance says:

    contemplative hands
    what the hell is that blue thing?
    oh, look- tiny me!

  52. skippymom says:

    Umbilical cord
    Dangles from pumpkin’s forehead.
    Squirrel is rather impressed.

  53. I think I love you
    Are you my long-lost baby?
    But you have not grown

  54. skippymom says:

    Wait! I messed up! Redo:

    Umbilical cord
    Dangles from pumpkin’s forehead.
    Squirrel is impressed.

    I had Syllable Overload. Oh great and mighty Theo, please to forgive!

    [OK, this time. 😛 – Ed.]

  55. Did I look bigger
    In this mirror or that one
    Is this pumpkin “me” ?

  56. CoffeeCup says:

    Brinnann, we can’t stop
    Compulsive haikuing
    Say all haikus like Shatner

    [5-6-7? 😐 – Ed.]

  57. brinnann says:

    Skippymom, I think
    Your first try would’ve worked as:
    “Skwerl’s rather impressed.”

  58. CoffeeCup says:

    Tell me, Squirrlio
    Does this gourd make me look fat?
    The truth is out there

  59. brinnann says:

    Oh noes, CoffeeCup
    Priceline Negotiator
    Is heard when I read!

  60. brinnann says:

    X-Files reference
    Might be unintentional
    But I still like it

  61. Katiedid says:

    LOL at CoffeeCup
    Now I can’t stop doing it
    Star Trek I must join

  62. skippymom says:

    Brinnann, technically you’re right about that. However, I only use “skwerl” at home when conversing with the cats. (E.g., “Oooooh, boys, boys, c’mere! Lookie at the cutiepatootie skwerls in the yard! Such swishy fwishy tailios!”)
    In public, I always employ the more formal “Squirrels”.

  63. Ah, silly squirrel
    You belong outside all day
    Go back to your tree

  64. CoffeeCup says:

    I am a fan, yes
    Squirrel does not get answer
    about his spare tire

  65. brinnann says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever
    Heard it pronounced as “skwe-rel”
    Always sounds like “skwerl.”

    Then again, I do
    Live in a rather redneck/
    Hillbilly area.

  66. Shatnerized haikus
    not such a great idea
    internet implodes

  67. DaytimeDeb says:

    Pumpkin in window
    with miniature squirrel
    Have I lost my nuts?

    (Pre-emptive strike: Miniature is correctly pronounced with either 3 or 4 syllables. I use four. 🙂 )

    [works for me – Ed.]

  68. Should have specified:
    “Fairy Godmother, I need
    Big coach, human prince”

  69. CoffeeCup says:

    Instead of Shatner
    how about some Connery?
    Lets all say “goulash”!

  70. Mary (the first) says:

    Baby skwerl says “Go!
    You may be my birth father
    But Pumpkin’s my DAD.”

  71. Beautiful rodent
    In an unaccustomed role
    Big man on campus

  72. Mary (the first) says:

    (That’s a nod to Dads
    Everywhere. All kinds of Dads.
    Birth, Step, Adoptive.)

  73. Mary (the first) says:

    Raymond’s submission
    Has broken my train of thought.
    Unless Raymond’s “Dad”.

  74. Streetwise squirrel sez

    Squirrels who eat big pumpkins

    Of course will be stuffed

  75. CoffeeCup says:

    Teho, I realized I had done 5-6-7 after I hit submit…I originally had it right, but strangely thought I had it wrong, and oy, things just went craaaazy.

    I’m back to 5-7-5 now. Quit that successive number thing like a bad habit!

  76. Don’t forget the fact
    That haiku typically
    Mentions a season

    Squirrel’s autumn gaze
    My double, safe and secure
    While I adventure

  77. Hello, is it me
    you’re looking for? caus’ I can
    see it in your eyes

  78. Paunchie says:

    groan! @ pyrit!

    almost as bad as how much can a koala bare?

    can I have some goulash Mr. Connery?

  79. Christmas Cactus plant
    confuses the hell out of
    seasonal haiku

  80. puglets rule says:

    Pensive squirlio
    Contemplates teho’s head smack
    I don’t have seex nutz!

  81. yeah, neither do I
    not even Snoop Dogg has seex
    a man can dream, though

  82. Behind the window
    artificial reflection
    of my perfection

  83. Nice, Nuri!

  84. It’s not what you think!
    We weren’t doing anything!
    She’s just an old friend!

    I’m not stupid, dear.
    Now I know why you’ve started
    calling me “Pumpkin.”

  85. and cath is on FIYAHHH today

  86. Paunchie says:

    the vid was in norsk
    which I don’t speak, so I heard
    squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak

  87. puglets rule says:

    Christmas lights still up?
    Pumpkins were SO last season.
    Hey Dude – it’s summer!

  88. CoffeeCup says:

    Seex nuts, did you say?
    This squirrel seems indignant
    He only has two

  89. Haikus are tricky
    in the Autumn of my life
    Can I have that Skwirl

  90. (come to think of it, seex nuts would be très awkward; I’d need a trailer)

  91. P.s. I love Nuri’s Haiku!

  92. Two nuts in the hand
    are, as everybody knows,
    worth seex in the bush.

    …I’ll get my coat.

  93. LOL Theo!

  94. OK, that’s it, my ass has officially been laughed off.

  95. at the stroke of noon
    your coach became a pumpkin
    my nuts hit the floor

  96. Patito Snicker

  97. Oh, you wouldn’t dare
    Chipmunks in glass houses should
    not throw fragile gourds

  98. brinnann says:

    Cath, I must admit
    After post 93, we
    all should give up hope.

    None shall ever trump
    The greatness that is that post.

  99. Paunchie says:

    seex in da bushes??
    Oh my! don’t get me muddy!
    And the squirrels might see!

    hee hee hee!

    You know if men had
    seex nuts they would not stop
    scratching themselves there

    baw haw haw ~ Paunchie gots da sillies fo’ sho’.

  100. CoffeeCup says:

    Awkward chuckles now
    Post one oh one goes too far?
    Hey look, a cute squirrel

  101. puglets rule says:

    Checking reflection
    For I do NOT look like that!
    He has such small bits

  102. skippymom says:

    Cath at ninety-three
    Wins the all-time brilliance prize.
    (Can we come and watch?)

  103. Paunchie says:

    Oh! Well I apologize then. You know it’s true about the scratching though!

  104. Pussytoes says:

    Why dis punkin’ here?
    Christmas Cactus in My Way
    Stuffed One is Badger

  105. Poor mini squirrel
    Stuck inside all summer long
    To guard glass pumpkin

  106. Trying to write funny
    season including haiku
    Can’t type while laughing

    Try again small one
    Acorns are not made of glass
    Check another tree

  107. interesting, Metz
    I wonder what “glass” rhymes with
    can’t seem to find it

  108. Ed., how do you know
    how many nuts Snoop Dogg is
    packing under there?

    [You can’t open the book of my life and jump in the middle. – Mal]

  109. brinnann says:

    Paunchie, I’m laughing
    Or rather biting my lip
    So boss doesn’t hear!

  110. Seeex nuts went walking
    Down a very dark alley
    One was assaulted

  111. ayup there sonny
    it’s definitely Friday
    was there any doubt

  112. “my nuts hit the floor” would have ended mine better. Damn.

    Nuri… it’s like you
    wrote a poem instead of
    splitting a sentence

    [OK, fixed it – Ed.]

  113. BostonBunny says:

    Chip points, “my big friend”
    They say a pump in the hand
    worth seex nuts in bush

  114. danielie says:

    A ghostly image
    As seen in the looking glass;
    Lost in reverie.

  115. Theo seeks a word
    Rhyming with glass is easy
    If you spell donkey

    That was bad wasn’t it? :-/

  116. Paunchie, the bushes
    aren’t muddy this time of year.
    Let’s go gather nuts!

    Brinann, please take care.
    Is peace at work really worth
    a hole in your lip?

  117. I like daniellie’s.
    I can’t stop thinking about
    the ghost in the glass.

  118. Glass

    Ohhh yeah I could make some real good poems with those words.

  119. Nan Clark says:

    That is some big nut
    Why little guy has it
    Is he a lil skunk?

    Must have that orange thing
    but invisible force field.
    Will now stare hole through.

  120. puglets rule says:

    Innocent squirrel
    Kept far from the madding crowd
    Knows not of real love

    G-rated poems
    Almost as fun as writing
    S & M haikus
    (not that I have ever done that sort of thing!) 🙂

  121. squirrely becomes huge
    looks through the glass display
    now i hav no job

  122. Artificial skwerl
    says, “Tonight we dine in HEEEEEEELLLLL!”
    Tasty fake pumpkin

  123. Paunchie says:

    the whole class passed gas, how crass!

  124. My long lost brother:
    Wish I’d met him before he
    got put in prison.

  125. Hello squirrel neighbor,
    May I interest you in some
    Autumn pumpkin pie?

  126. you’d need bigger pants to hold the seex nuts…

  127. Lula Mae says:

    A peer, motionless
    Beyond the glass barrier
    So close yet so far

  128. Mary (the first) says:

    Haiku has season?
    First I’ve heard of it. I must
    Spring into action!

  129. Mary (the first) says:

    Fall pumpkin color.
    Winter cactus too. Summer
    real squirrel. Some are not.

  130. Von Zeppelin says:

    Oh, my God! There’s a
    the pumpkin with turquoise nobs!
    Had some bad acorns.

  131. I am curious
    to see what else the humans
    have stashed for Winter.

  132. Summer starts Sunday
    Not That Mike The Other Mike
    Hooked me on haiku.

  133. Watching cartoons? No,
    These cartoons are watching me
    and creeping me out.

  134. JennlovesTom says:

    Lil’ dopalganger. 
    Why embrace the big acorn?
    Please share with big friend.  

  135. puddlepeppers says:

    Time of summer squash
    I’ll squash anything I see
    Mwahaha, Big Squirrel

  136. puddlepeppers says:

    Cath–any Cath haiku– and Anner (98)–bestest.

  137. Small squirrel, pumpkin,
    Giant squirrel in the snow,
    Glass seperates all

  138. I nominate Nisielli. The haiku sounds sad but not too sad.

    [You are Nisielli, idiot. And “gail the second”. And “culinerycutie” and other fake names besides. – Ed.]

  139. I like CCat’s one.

  140. Yeah but does it LIFT and separate?

  141. animal luvr says:

    oh look, little me
    or am i big little him?
    confusion ensues

  142. animal luvr says:

    oh look, little me
    hi, little version of me!
    or am i big him?

  143. brinnann says:

    Friday Haiku-time:
    Does it end when Friday ends?
    Or extend all week?

  144. brinnann says:

    Friday Haiku tag,
    Do you come with instructions?
    We can haz guidelines?

  145. I love these Hai-kus
    I’m in honoured company
    Of worthy poets

  146. What am I missing
    Friday – it is Haiku day
    I shall remember

  147. Join us next time, for
    Friday poetry 😉

  148. What is this I see
    Theo has an Avatar
    how you get that PIC!

    [That’s me with Mister Bounce, maybe 5 years ago? – Ed.]

  149. Nichole says:

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  151. Patricia says:

    Nicole tried to help
    Saw it on my laptop thanks
    Why I no see here

    I read your message
    Visited with Tiny Pics
    Now All is quite Clear

    now I understand
    with the help I am getting
    I may do this too