Meadow Vole · Indigo Lake

Meadow Vole

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by Roberta Jupin

they call me a meadow vole
I have bright eyes as dark as coal

to the family of rodents I belong
but my scaly tail is not too long

my fur is thick and shiny
my nose and ears are tiny

I eat a lot to keep my plumps
I’m sleek and smooth and have no lumps

I munch on stalks of grass and weeds
I crunch sedges, roots, and many seeds

in summer I scurry about at night
in winter I prefer the bright daylight

I chatter my teeth and growl and squeak
when an owl or hawk causes me to freak

I can be a pest, I won’t dispute
but you have to admit I’m pretty darn cute

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