Sunday 3 September 2017


Hedgehogs are known to be solitary creatures,
yet six of them come to eat,
with their rustic manners and bear-like features,
their spiky backs, their long noses and feet.
Some try to be early before rations are thin,
some wait their turn, others snort, ram and barge in.
Surprisingly though, even when they make it their goal
to stubbornly cram around the same bowl,
it is not at all rare
that they simply munch, crunch and share,
and then roam off alone
into other places, neat or overgrown,
in search of what else nature can spare
towards their ample fat-building fare.
( nilsburgh)