Any day now! #SOLC19


It’s going to happen any day now.

I’m sure of it.

The snow will soon be gone from the slope,

melted by the sun’s rays on these early spring days.

The ground, once frozen, and all perennial vegetation will become exposed.

And there they will be.

Those two tunnel openings,

entrances and exits.

How many times have we blocked them up,

only to find them open again just hours later.

And then I’ll see him.

He’ll be sitting there sniffing the earth and nibbling.

Always nibbling.

First my flowers,

then my vegetables.

Everything and anything he can get his foul-smelling, furry paws on.

My nemesis.

Marmota monax.

Any day now, it’s going to happen.


Note: Longstanding readers of this humble blog are familiar with my ongoing battle with one of our neighborhood groundhogs. (Click here to read more.) We have many, and they strip my garden clean every year. 


This post is part of the annual month-long Slice of Life writing challenge organized by Two Writing Teachers. Join us! It’s my third year of slicing in the challenge and I’m looking forward to writing and learning along with all of you.

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