we should be careful of each other.

a short but powerful one from the popular British poet Philip Larkin (1922-1985).

“The Mower”

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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3 thoughts on “we should be careful of each other.

  1. This is one of my favorite poems – I often share it with my students when we are reading Our Town. It is a poem that simply resonates with every thoughtful reader who encounters it.

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