You see them in the stories; they’re always very wise.
With gravitas, with patience and with kind and caring eyes.
They steer the woodland animals away from foolish errors,
They keep the mice and rabbits and the hedgehogs from all terrors.
Their guidance is unparallelled, their insight quite astounding,
Their sense of fairness most advanced, their qualities abounding.
Their homes are neat and cosy, their habits most fastidious,
Their entertainment perfect as each one’s a host punctilious.
The other forest creatures know that these beasts can be trusted.
They’ll sit and tell their troubles in a cottage highly dusted.
But if you see a badger as you walk out in the twilight
A rustle in a hedgerow and a peek of black and bright white,
Don’t tell it all your problems! Don’t expect it to be nice.
It will tear your sodding throat out without even thinking twice!
The topic for this was chosen by a Twitter friend, Sian Ifans (
@CariadDraig) and I’d like to thank her for it because it was a lot of fun.