HEDGEHOG

I N S P I R A T I O N


At the last count there were 4 hedgehog nests in various locations within our garden. That is where the inspiration for this song was drawn. In December 2014, I did devote some time to making hedgehog houses. These seem to work ok and offer some protection from predators, however, the animals do seem very capable of looking after themselves. Click on Soundcloud to listen to this song.


Hedgehog

The mist hangs heavy to drop like a curtain,

It drops like a curtain, as days grow dark

Days grow dark in the heart of a hedgerow

In the heart of a hedgerow at the edge of the park

At the edge of the park grow teasel and nettle

Teasel and nettle they prickle and sting

But under a duvet of leaves he slumbers

And that’s where the hedgehog will stay until spring.

 

When the steam rises on the crust of a frost

On the crust of a frost below bramble and bush

Below bramble and bush, there are worms for the taking

Worms for the taking by blackbird and thrush

Blackbird and thrush they dig and they delve.

They dig and they delve whilst they whistle and sing.

But under a duvet of leaves he slumbers

And that’s where the hedgehog will stay until spring

 

There is no gawp in the thick of a thicket

In the thick of a thicket there is knowledge and skill

With knowledge and skill he rolls himself up

He rolls himself up to survive the chill,

Survive the chill of the withering weather

The withering weather a winter can bring.

Under a duvet of leaves he slumbers

And that’s where the hedgehog will stay until spring.

 

Paul J Openshaw (October 2013)

© Paul J Openshaw 2012