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While there is still time…

Funny old thing this t’internet.

I was chipping-in to a thread on Linked In about poetry when I got chatting to a young lady from India, by the name of Asha.

She has a blog called While There Is Still Time which is quite inspirational. There, you’ll find a veritable treasure trove of literary prowess to satiate your creative soul.

The name of the blog is from a line in one of Philip Larkin’s poems, called The Mower.

It’s a poignant poem about cherishing what we have before it’s too late.

After you’ve read it, you might want to pop over to Asha’s blog and immerse yourself into a sea of semiotics.

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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