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The Hoary Marmot






This verse is linked to Poets United.  Here’s a verse for a poor little guy who ordinarily gets no love.


In the Rocky Mountains high
Where icy peaks impale the sky
Lives a timid little varmint
Known only as the Hoary Marmot*

Like a squirrel, but round and furry
Always in a dreadful hurry
A nibble here, then dart for cover
Danger from above can hover

Up there where the air is thinner
He’s the Eagle’s favorite dinner
Beak and talon aim to harm it
Life’s a bitch for the Hoary Marmot




*Largest of the North American ground squirrels…you’re welcome!

  1. February 25, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Cute poem!

  2. February 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Aw! Poor Little Guy! This is quite funny!

  3. February 25, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    I have a wonderful photo , taken in Colorado, of a marmot, poised for flight in front of a rock. I’d be quite willing to celebrate on the 33rd. Loved the poem.

  4. February 26, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Ohmigosh – how fun this is! Love the rhythm, the rhyme and your chosen words. I’ll mark it on my calendar…Feb 33, right? 🙂

  5. February 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Pam, Jeanne, Linda & Tumble…thanks for stopping by and the positive feedback. See you the 33rd!!

  6. February 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Very good and cute too.

  7. Deb
    February 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Poor little varmint can’t get a break. Marmot is a delightful word. Can’t wait until the 33rd.

  8. February 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Delightful! You’ve captured the marmot so well (I used to live in Colo. and have seen them.) Thanks for making me smile.

  9. June 10, 2011 at 6:22 AM

    If you put him in a pot he could be … Marmite!

  10. June 10, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Glad the hoary marmot has some recognition!

  11. June 10, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    never seen one before, until I saw the phot. cute lil poem. hope he gets some more love after this

  12. June 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Oh, poor marmot! So cool he gets some recognition. They’re on the West Coast too – again, Eagle’s dinner.

  13. June 11, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    I love little furry varmints – love your poem too!

    Anna :o]

  14. June 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    I love your poetry. I love that little guy, I tend to like rodents, well all animals really … even rats, love um all.

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