Badgers are omnivorous –
They’ll eat everything in sight.
For this reason Brock was sorry
And was in an awful plight.
He’d found a tasty hedgehog
That was lying on the ground,
And he didn’t tell his family
What a yummy meal he’d found.
He’d almost eaten everything,
Including spines and skin,
But when his family found him
There were two spines in his chin.
“So what’s wrong with our brother now?
It’s sad to hear him groan!”
“Please go away! Don’t *badger me!”
Cried Brock with a loud moan.
“You stupid badger,” Mother said,
“No wonder you’re in pain.”
She pulled the first spine – out it came!
And then she pulled again.
The second spine was stuck quite fast.
At last that came out too.
His Mother said “I hope you’ve learned
Just what you should not do.”
* Don’t badger me = don’t bother/hassle me.
Copyright on all my poems
This is one of almost 400 poems which was chosen for publishing by teachers and children in schools across West Yorkshire in 2010. (Nature Poems)