There is a squirrel’s nest on my porch

The squirrel on my balcony
looks like a drowned rat
shivering in the air-conditioned
porch light.

The sky is dark with clouds,
more pronounced,
and the squirrel’s tail
trembles a plea for
respite.

It lifts a paw and–

lands in a nest while
someone else takes watch,
unwanted paw raised.

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