It is day but just as well it’s night
which means it’s dark as well as light.
It doesn’t climb but stays on ground
in all Americas it can be found.
It is a mammal and a loving one
Mom protects her kids until they’re gone.
Dad doesn’t care, but Mom will be
until baby is ready for family.
In winter when cold, it goes to sleep
but does not do it very deep.
It wakes up and feeds then goes back
where its sisters sleep in a dozen pack.
It’s omnivore, means it does eat all
hunting, killing, tear and maul.
It feeds on plants, insects, meat ‘n egg
it shows no mercy, don’t cry and beg.
They’re alone whenever they don’t breed
they can run with quite surprising speed.
And even though they’re black and white
they aren’t Zebra’s that is right.
The Great Horned Owl is on the hunt
and catches our mammal pretty blunt.
Wolves, foxes, badgers they stay away
scared of it’s weapon, a bad spray!
Our little buddy, and there is no wink
can defend himself and badly stink!
Cute and cuddly, a black and white hunk
I’m sure, you guessed: It is the skunk!
(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, September 2017)