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BADGER

BADGER

Dusk red light through leafy roof

Reveals a nose sniffing for proof

That no danger exists close by

Now head with stripe exposed to sky

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Moving off no time to wait

Down well-worn path and under gate

She completes her tasks along the way

The same as she does every day

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Then back to den so much to do

Clean out the set and rouse her crew

Five perfect cubs from down below

Emerge and play in the moons glow

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With bedding changed and chores all done

Now is the time to have some fun

She gives one cub a playful nip

He jumps and rolls and makes a yip

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She looks after all her family

It is just how nature should be

But humans being what we are

Will decide her fate from afar

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And one night soon her cubs will learn

That mother never will return

And so alone under a dark cold sky

The cubs will one by one all die

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We justify our killing spree

By saying badgers must not run free

Because they spread death and disease

Will bring our farmers to their knees

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It’s not the badgers we should blame

There guilt’s not proven it is a shame

Its farming that has caused this grief

And all because we want cheap beef

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When will we stop and realise

That all creatures under the skies

Deserve respect, a place to live

It is a gift only we can give

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Paul Svendsen

September 2013

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