19 March – Hunger games

Just at this point when Spring is gaining the upper hand,
it’s hard for us to even begin to halfway understand
that this turning point that represents so much renewing growth
doesn’t provide everything with this same sense of hope.
For British birds and beasts, this is the great hunger gap
when edible growth is scarce and there’s no more stored up snacks.
Just as we’re fixating on flurrying lambs and blossoming trees,
fierce battles for survival are raging among those in need.
Thank goodness for Mavericks like Ivy supplying fresh March food
when things would otherwise be desperate in most neighbourhoods.
So when you sigh in relief for a ‘making it to Spring’ reason,
spare some seed for those not yet benefitting from the season.

19 March - Hunger games