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A short, secular poem for Easter

Nudged forward by Tom Holland and the news which he picked up on about hedgehogs being threatened with extinction, IKN offers up a short but famous verse. A good read for Easter Day, whatever your religious persuasion might be.

The Mower
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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