Stoney Moss

dabble and whatnot, mostly poetry

April 27

Chickaree Clapping Song

In 4/4 time:

RAT tat TAT-ta tat-ta RAT tat tat;

ta RAT-tat-tat ta-ta RAT-tat-tat

Who’s that barking from a big pine tree?
A chickaree, it’s a chickaree!

Tellin’ his neighbors that the cat’s got free!
A chickaree, it’s a chickaree!

Why a bark from an itty-bitty squirrel?
He’s the lookout watch in a leafy world.

See him sittin’ with his tail in a curl!
He’s out in the rain like a working girl!

He lifts his leg and scratches a flea!
A chickaree, it’s a chickaree!

Smaller than a red and cute as he can be!
It’s a chickaree, a chickaree!

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WHO’s that BARKing from a BIG pine tree?
a CHICKaree, it’s a CHICKaree!

TELLin’ his NEIGHbors that the CAT’s got free!
a CHICKaree, it’s a CHICKaree!

WHY a BARK from an ITTY-bitty squirrel?
he’s the LOOKout watch in a LEAFy world.

SEE him SITtin’ with his TAIL in a curl!
He’s OUT in the RAIN like a WORKing girl!

He LIFTS his LEG and SCRATCHes a flea!
a CHICKaree, it’s a CHICKaree!

SMALLer than a RED and CUTE as he can be!
It’s a CHICKaree, a CHICKaree!

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A kid’s “song” in need of a melody! Have at it! Douglas squirrels are our natives, and are as cute as a bug in a rug. I swore no more rhyming poems this month. That’ll teach me.

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Some folks are participating in a Couplets blog tour, coordinated by Joanne Merriam of Upper Rubber Boot Books. Angie Werren will be sharing her micro-poetry space at feathers with other poets. Sherry Chandler is also participating. Do give a read.


  1. I like it, and that’s coming from someone suddenly deeply immersed in the world of kids’ poems, books and rhymes :)