The Mower

Published by: LJ E on 19th Mar 2017 | View all blogs by LJ E

I am posting this poem by Philip Larkin as a reminder to be careful when cutting the grass.

It was written after Philip Larkin actually killed a hedgehog when mowing his lawn.



The Mower

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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.



  • Bill W
    by Bill W 11 months ago
    Such a sad poem LJ. In our never ending quest to have our gardens 'perfect', this poem tells us all to be extra careful when we make that first cut of the grass in the spring. Thank you for sharing LJ.
  • Sandy H
    by Sandy H 11 months ago
    This Poem has really made me stop and think.
    We need to take the time to consider the safety of creatures just trying to survive in their own habitats.
    Very profound last two lines, it is a very sad poem LJ
    Thank you for posting
  • Mary B
    by Mary B 11 months ago
    I have been meaning to comment on this poem LJ but as I read it again today it seems to take on a new and wider meaning.....
  • Maureen J
    by Maureen J 10 months ago
    So often we want our gardens to be a haven, and yet there is always that fear of causing harm or hurt to the smallest creatures in them. Lawnmowers, so essential for keeping that green 'stuff' in order, can be lethal. I had a similar experience many years ago with a toad. The memory still haunts me. Thanks for the warning to be extra vigilant once more.
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