Bugger Slugs

The Hedge by Rona Campbell 
Cover: John Piper

Gardening is an experience, when slugs sneak up on your plants. However, I find slugs very beautiful and are characters. This is not the first poem I have about them. When I lived in Liverpool I had my first book of poems published called The Hedge: ‘Simply a Slug,’ was the title of a poem in that collection. The following poem was written after finding all my courgettes shoots eaten:

Bugger slugs,
that glug, glug,
fresh green shoots.
We’ve met before in
another poem.
Succulent slime,
or creatures of crime,
I certainly glamorized you then.

It’s surprising nature
allowed you to
sup-up what she
took such great time to grow.
Bugger off slug,
go scoff yourself!

Poem: ‘Simply a Slug’ from the book ‘The Hedge’ by Rona Campbell

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