Jacks by the Hedge
“Alliaria petiolata . . . Jack By The Hedge”
—Collins Pocket Guide To Wild Flowers
Who strewed the verge with polythene,
And greasy bags, the fish and chipper’s,
And stuff to turn a censor green?
Distinctive droppings, Jack the Tripper’s.
Who, after plants to fill his plot,
Grubbed up two precious Lady’s Slippers,
Then came next year and took the lot?
Ask for them now at Jack the Stripper’s.
Who, trimming twigs to film a nest,
Went much too far with clumsy clippers
And left what crows could then molest?
Such lethal deeds are Jack the Snipper’s.
Who dumped his gas-stove in the lane
Not far from where the brook holds dippers,
Switched on, and drove away again?
This little gift was Jack the Tipper’s.