READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, February 26
This week’s poem, called Hedgehogs, is by Mervyn Crown
Hedgehogs they say are in decline
But they seem to congregate round mine
I put out food every night
So they put on weight ready to hibernate.
Mealworms, peanuts, dry food and treats
Is what I put out for them to eat
A concrete slab sunk in the ground
Is their feeding place all year round.
It’s not just food but water they need
So they can have a drink as they feed
Water they have in a shallow dish
So they can drink as they wish.
Their numbers I know have increased
So I’ll keep feeding them for a time at least
Last year I thought there was only four
Now there could be six, eight, ten or even more.
Their little faces are quite sweet
As I sometimes stand and watch them eat
But as winter approaches and they disappear
I’ll be ready with some food again next year.
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