Watching by Spike

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You sat down beside me, but did not see me, that is until you looked down. Then you pulled a face, wondering if you could be contaminated by me. I kept still, so at first you thought perhaps that I might be dead. However I was fully dressed in my best straw coloured suit, so that you failed in your attempt to see my face. Maybe to you I looked like one of those prickly thistle balls that had grown too big.

Silence is my middle name, and today I lived up to it. Whilst you were distracted I up and ran. So quietly, that did not see me go. You looked and looked, but could not find me, but I was watching from beneath a pile of twigs. Until that is, my nose twitched at the smell of a juicy slug.

Yours sincerely young Spike, the silent hedgehog.

P.s. Could you ask the farmer, if next time he cuts silage, he might give me some notice. He nearly took my nose off.

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Reena Saxena

    Poetic lines, but a hedgehog :)?

    1. Michael Humphris

      At present hedgehogs are under pressure from human activity. Planning departments need encouragement to provide of wild life corridors in new developments. Near to me a farmer wants to build bungalows destroying an area frequently used by hedgehogs.

  2. the dark netizen

    Nicely done! 😀

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hedgehogs are not hip [fashionable], but I believe that their decline indicates how humanity is failing to nurture the planet.

      1. the dark netizen

        That’s a neat thought! 🙂
        I do want to see a live hedgehog though, they are not native to India!

        1. Michael Humphris

          The tigers in India must have frightened them all away. Hedgehogs are timid creatures.e

          1. the dark netizen

            Hahaha! XD

  3. Iain Kelly

    I can’t believe anyone would be put off seeing a hedgehog 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      They are cute undervalued little beastie’s, well in my book at least.

  4. James Pyles


    1. Michael Humphris

      In my book hedgehogs are cute undervalued little beasties

  5. Priceless Joy

    Hahahaha! I was surprised at the end! Cute story, Mike!

    1. Michael Humphris

      In my book hedgehogs are useful and cute, I sometimes come across them when I am out walking. I am saddened by the ongoing decline of wildlife.

      1. Priceless Joy

        We don’t have hedhogs over here. I wish we did. I too am saddened by the decline of the wildlife. It is a problem all over the world because of human encroachment.

        1. Michael Humphris

          I can’t imagine there being no hedgehogs, but you have great and interesting wildlife,

          1. Priceless Joy

            Yes, we do but sadly, we have no hedgehogs.

  6. anuragbakhshi

    Ha ha ha. Hedgehogs are so cute.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Cute and useful, I am sad to see them in decline like much in the wilds.

  7. Sarah Ann

    Great point of view – I hope Spike got the slug.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sarah for your supportive comment, Spike says that it is hard not to get many of slugs in my garden due to its neglected style, although I think that my garden is allowed to be itself,

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