Night Pigs

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 29th of January 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

Changes in climate and a rapid urbanisation programme across the South of England are reducing the numbers of hedgehogs and destroying their natural habitat. In this episode of Poetic Beats, we look at Davy D’s poem Night Pigs, a poem describing a night visit to his garden by hedgehogs, and discuss some of the issues facing the hedgehog and its surroundings.

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Night Pigs


Dark eyes and snouts appear

from the rustling undergrowth.

Two slick backed spinal wigs

illuminated by garden light.


The Night Pigs emerge

snuffle by snuffle,

legs purposeful in a

midnight dad dance,

advancing on a prey

not designed for resistance.


Tiddles stands guard,

miffed, but pain

and experience taught

him the pecking order.


In perfect harmony

they trough the cat food,

each mouthful broken by

a glance for enemies,

the occasional stand down

to hoover surrounding debris.


The pendulum’s swing slows time,

until empty bowls

signal a sprint back

into the bosom

of the willow,

a final rustle their

thanks, and goodbyes.


Soon, Winter will be upon them

and who knows

how long they will sleep?


© Davy D 2018