Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

I saw a little squirrel go a walking human paths well trod

His tail was swishing to and fro as if ‘twas like a passing nod

to metronomes just beating time accompanying his daily trek

And oft times I remember him, his journey by that lonely beck

I ponder this, and wonder that, considering his lonely jaunt

I saw him yet again today and thought him looking rather gaunt

I’d like to think he sees me, yet, I hope he knows I can’t forget

The joy he brought when e’er we met reminds me of the epithet.

Bright eyed and bushy tailed

This being my first audio attempt I am spoiled for choice of what to offer. I tried so many versions and have rejected dozens, but cannot pick which one of six should be THE ONE. Being human, and kind, I’m giving you all six. You choose!


Words, pictures, and audio all ©petermatthews February2021

29 thoughts on “Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

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  2. Well donePeter! You did a marvellous job. I loved listening to you.
    My favourite? Number four because of the increased intonation.

    Like you I always have several attempts when making recordings of my voice, but I’ve yet to be completely satisfied with anything I’ve recorded.

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      1. You did? Oh, my, you are far better than I am at recording.

        I am so picky and am never happy with any of mine. I have umpteen attempts but can never say I’m satisfied. Perhaps it’s something to do with what you said earlier when you said you didn’t like your voice – maybe that’s it, even an extra long pause sounds wrong.

        On the plus side, I enjoy the whole process, especially playing about with editing so maybe it’s not so bad after all. 🙂

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  3. I honestly like all of them and I think you have a great voice. I can’t imagine what made you hesitant. Your voice is arresting and quite lovely to listen to. For the records, if I didn’t think this, I wouldn’t be saying it. I also like the poem!

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    1. Thank you. The pictures are actually of two different squirrels and the first one was a very poorly boy indeed. I picked him up and put him in a tree because he was very vulnerable on the ground.


  4. You sound as I imagined, Now, which one? Hard to say. Six? Nicely done though and a lovely poem. newepicauthor’s comment is interesting. I never thought of ‘beck’ as being a non-standard word before

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  5. If really pushed I would say 4 or 6 but all are good. Just as an aside when I first saw your blog some time ago, I saw you photo and thought ‘wow he looks just like Richard’ (a friend). I showed one of your posts to my wife and without any prompting she said ‘wow he looks just like Richard!’ For the record – you sound nothing like Richard!

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  6. Oh! This is wonderful, Peter! Your poem AND listening to you read it! You have such a pleasant soothing voice, I could listen to you for hours! I enjoyed all of them…but if I had to pick a fav it would be #4! 🙂
    Please do this again if you have time!
    Aren’t squirrels wonderful?!?! Your photos of the squirrels are cute! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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