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Buffet Squirrel
Betsy Mars

Urban dictionary definition:
One who secretly packs away items from a buffet into a bag, purse, or satchel for later consumption.

Bright eyed and bushy-tailed, I rise
and put on my brushed sterling silver
coat, hightail it down
to the breakfast buffet
to see the many marvels on display:
plates of pancakes, eggs,
provisions of oatmeal and French toast--
so many decisions! I tuck in
and swallow, gulp down my fill
with coffee and orange juice,
properly chilled.

When my stomach is bloated
and my thirst at last quenched,
I fill my pockets with small cartons
of yogurt, apples, bread for my lunch --
a winter's store of acorns pinched
without so much as a flinch.

This poem first appeared in Piker Press.
Used here with permission.

Betsy Mars is a poet, photographer, educator, and infrequent publisher (Kingly Street Press). She enjoys travel and loves language, languages, and her animal and human famillies. Betsy can't resist a pun or clever phrase; hence, this poem was born. Learn more about her at




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Here's to thrifty travelers everywhere! This buffet squirrel thoroughly enjoyed this poem!!
Posted 03/17/2020 04:16 PM
In Jayne's buffet of poetry, I'm glad this found a home.
Posted 03/17/2020 12:33 PM
Thanks, everyone! Not much traveling now, and likely no buffets, but we're certainly all gathering. If I can manage, maybe I'll try a rewrite with more rhyme. Working on another fun word involving another type of woodland creature, so I'll possibly apply the suggestion there.
Posted 03/17/2020 11:36 AM
The poem is appropriate for the time, for sure.
Posted 03/17/2020 09:48 AM
Happy to see this one today. <3
Posted 03/17/2020 09:28 AM
Cute! I agree with Larry Schug. More rhyme for reading aloud!!
Posted 03/17/2020 09:11 AM
I always said "buff" but my dictionary says "boo."
Posted 03/17/2020 09:07 AM
Larry Schug:
Love the way this poem ends and I also enjoy the title, which I'd not heard before. Plus I love the attitude of the poem's protagonist. I think a bit more rhyme would make this poem even more enjoyable when read aloud.
Posted 03/17/2020 07:32 AM

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