Have you ever heard the tale

about the hedgehog with no spikes,

such a sweet little boy

who all the other’s didn’t like?


A case of alopecia,

there was nothing they could do,

such a sad little hedgehog

who cried and cried, “Boo-Hoo”.


But soon the lad grew older,

he wanted to look more lush

so onto his back he tied himself

a little scrubbing brush.


His friends, well they just laughed at him

and bullied him all the more,

until one day, he’d had enough

and walked out through the door.


For years not much was heard of him,

his mother, she did fret

for she’d heard about the busy roads

and trouble, in which, he could get.


But life had turned out fine for him

and soon he’d found a place

where he could earn a little living

and put smiles on many a face.


Within the railway station

with his brush upon his back,

a jumping and a jiggling till

the queue would start to clap.


People travelled from miles around

just to come and watch the show,

their trips no longer boring

they would leave with faces aglow.


But what’s the hedgehog doing

to make the people come to see?

What makes them laugh and cheer

and fills their hearts with so much glee?


You’ve never seen a shoe shine stall

with such a special knack,

for the owner was a dancing hedgehog

with a brush upon his back!




Written by Darren Scanlon, 3rd January 2014

Revised 26th August 2015.

Artwork by Angie Caira.

© 2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


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Darren Scanlon

Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in the English Northwest.

His sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style has earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon for both his novels and his poetry. He has been writing poetry since the age of 16 and is published on many websites including 'High On Poems', where he has received great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you amongst our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

"Hey Up, Matron!", a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients.

Two books into the gritty crime/gangster thriller, the 'Danny Roberts Series' – "Broken Angel" & "Broken Wings".

"Positively Poetic Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4", four volumes of poetry exploring many and various moods and subjects.

"A Mouse’s Tale", an illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems).

"Alphabet Zoo", an illustrated children’s ABC book.

"The Book Of Loops And Laughter", an illustrated collection of funny poems for children and adults of all ages.

Future projects include:

"Way Back When", a comical look at childhood now and back in the 1970’s and how life has changed.

"Book 3 of the 'Danny Roberts' series.

For full details of all my work, please visit my website,


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