Take two lifestyles, my own and any squirrel'sSkip to next paragraph
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and in a nutshell, state your preference.
Be as objective as you can: My quarrel's
not with you, if you, in deference
to nature and ecology prefer
the squirrel's stark simplicity. His tastes
are Spartan. Mine are more complex. I veer
well to the side of luxury and waste.
What, for example, does a squirrel need?
A tight-knit nest of leaves, a mate, a pelt
of glossy fur, an oak tree gone to seed,
wind, sun, and rain. His wants are quickly spelt.
My needs stretch on.... No list would be complete.
The squirrel wins hands down. I won't compete.