“I Remember the Squirrel” by Oscar Brady

Oscar Brady (age 8)


I remember the squirrel
inviting me
into his house
that goes deep underground
as I guessed it would.

I remember
how he showed
me the ocean
beyond the horizon.

We went swimming
to help a lion-fish
escape from a fishing boat.

We went diving
too, with a shark
who told us
we will be able
to breathe.

I remember the squirrel
waving as I walked home.

from 2015 Rattle Young Poets Anthology


Why do you like to write poetry?

Oscar Brady: “I like to write poetry because it keeps my brain busy and lets me think. I like poetry because it makes words sound just right. When I write a poem the sound of the words can put more interest into a short space and it can be read in a certain and very particular way … just the way I want it to sound.”

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