Sunday, April 4, 2010

Poem of the Week: "The Mower," by Philip Larkin

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you've had a great day. I'm going to keep it short and sweet in honor of the holiday. Here's a Philip Larkin poem I've always found quite charming.

The Mower, by Philip Larkin

The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,
Killed. It had been in the long grass.

I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.
Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world
Unmendably. Burial was no help:

Next morning I got up and it did not.
The first day after a death, the new absence
Is always the same; we should be careful

Of each other, we should be kind
While there is still time.

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