Squirrel In The Rain

          Squirrel In The Rain



He perches, in sparkling eyed contemplation

of the goal. Like some celebrated stylite,

he squats on his post, oblivious

to the hostile elements. My stare


intrudes upon his gaze; defiance

resonates across the intervening space. And then

the sudden leap,

a precarious landing on the ridge; teeth bared


he nuzzles the meshwork tower,

seeking nutrition.


Losing his grip,

he hastily takes flight, back

to the stepping stone beam –

the garden fence’s parapet.


A sudden sure footed spring onto the post;

I stare at him, he glowers back at me,

brush-tail twitching. I sense

a mood of defiance; he leaps once more

to the bird tables roof.


A turbulent manoeuvre finds

a covered plateau. A sense

of instability

takes charge. He beats

a hasty retreat.


Post squatted,

he focusses once more.

He steels himself,

then springs.


The glistening plastic proves

more than a match; he takes

a floundering fall

into the sodden undergrowth.


Bedraggled, he climbs the austere fence,

tail discomfortedly curled,

shakes vigorously. The watery beads

propel themselves from body into air.


Straight tailed, disconsolate,

he beats retreat

along the wooden parapet.                   




Malcolm Evison 

                                      22 May 2006   

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if only i could be … a Tory (verse)

just a piece of heartfelt light verse!

if only i could be ...

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A Write to Overcome! *






An all encompassing hollow ache

resonates with nauseating discomfort;

both mind and body scream aloud,

enforcing tears upon an erstwhile stoic frame.


No knowledge can determine

whether these tears, yelled expletives

or vocalized profanities,

none of which were hoped for,


can proffer relief. The question stands

unanswered, by any reasoned response,

how best to cope with the inexplicable,

opioid defying, prolonged aching pain;


there is no where

or way to turn,

one simply endures

until the next reprieve.




Malcolm Evison

15 – 03 – 18




*also a RITE and/or a RIGHT but firstly the WRITE is for a purpose

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The Fear of Fall



Though clouds have cleared

still I fear


their returning fall.


Your smile reflects

my whispered yearning –


presence and absence

jointly affirming


love’s own reality.


Each meeting proclaims

a joyous creation –


departing pre-figures

my fear

of the final fall.




                  Malcolm Evison [1977]

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Displaying Not Disclosing – illustrated poem

displaying not disclosing

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Splash into Spring

splash into spring - a poem sml

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Twilight Search


twilight search - poem sml

prepared as illustrated poem 110218

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