I’m fast and tiny, undisputed
seems in Europe am I rooted.
But now I exist ‘cross half the Earth
where I sleep I feed and I give birth.
Twice a year I have a litter
of four to six the same ol’ critter.
I live in nature, cute and free
Don’t hold me as pet, no good for me.
I live in families most of the time
I hunt on the ground, but I can climb!
We’re many sorts and some extinct
small ones big ones in all tinct.
I’m a rodent, cute as hell
a delicacy to old Romains, I can tell.
I’m omnivorous, I run and cheep
but six month of a year I spend in sleep.
I am fast, I need no spur
my tail is covered all in fur.
Living out in nature, I don’t like no house
I’m hard to guess – I’m a dormouse.
(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, October 2017)