27 October – Nature’s circus

If a creature harnesses honeysuckle to use as its trapeze,
and swings and leaps with elegance and long practiced ease,
you’d think I’d be eager to celebrate its flair,
and announce its prowess with a wild word fanfare.
But the truth is, this creature, for all of its cunning
is classed in a species that we’re constantly shunning.
We say we want to cultivate wildlife-friendly spaces
but the fact is our welcome isn’t open to all races.
And so it seems my poems baulk at serenading rats,
downplaying their aerial antics, despite the impressive facts.

27 October - Nature's circus