Backyard Physics

A poem.

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Backyard Physics

In a burst
of aerial artistry
a fat-tailed squirrel  
seizes the rim  
of the birdfeeder  

hurls himself  
around in the air  
body stretched taut  
as he turns in the gyre  
of his own momentum  

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centrifugal force  
dislodging the seed  
now spewing  
furiously  
in all directions

manna milled
in the whirlwind  
of his wheeling.

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