11 February – Living in hope

I’m living in hope that Red Squirrel’s bright tail
will one day soon be seen in the trees of Nidderdale.
I’ve heard of wild sightings as far south as Redmire,
so surely the population won’t have to get too much higher
before they leap lower still through North Yorkshire’s woods
and arrive safe and sound in our neighbourhoods.
If they reach here, I don’t know how I’ll celebrate
the end of my agonising, life-long wait
to live alongside this elusive, impish mammal,
and have seeing one become absolutely normal.
It would be nothing less than a dream come true,
so come on down red squirrels, I’m rooting for you!

11 February - Living in hope