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Poor Porcupine Lost Its Shine - a Poem

Updated on February 26, 2015
"The road is where our animal life continues if you allow us to cross the other side. It is not pure luck if we are able to, but it is because you value our life so much. If by neglect we get struck, our life instantly ends right here."
"The road is where our animal life continues if you allow us to cross the other side. It is not pure luck if we are able to, but it is because you value our life so much. If by neglect we get struck, our life instantly ends right here." | Source

Please Share the Road


A poem tribute to porcupines and many other lovely creatures dying on the roads and highways.


"We, porcupines like flowers, we smell and eat them too. There beauty and fragrance we can't resist, could you?"
"We, porcupines like flowers, we smell and eat them too. There beauty and fragrance we can't resist, could you?" | Source


Stout Canadian I am, I care for my mate

I offer her my strength, my love for her sake.

We can't wait to make love on a cool October night

In the gay rustle of sienna leaves will be lit by moonlight.


Slow-moving, slow I am; I move slow, yes I do

But I built my wife a den for more than two.

I am a proud Canadian and eh, a very proud husband too

For the love of my life will conceive me a few.


My wife and I share a fruitful great appetite

Though I teach her ‘bout the bark Sugar Maple diet.

One dusk she begged, “dear husband, find me a fruit.”

“I don’t want any Sugar Maple, leaves or root.”



How ironic the picture is with the road sign that reads: SHARE THE ROAD and a dead porcupine in front of it. "I had an errand to do beyond the road across. My short legs and poor eyesight didn't take me far, instead I was tossed."
How ironic the picture is with the road sign that reads: SHARE THE ROAD and a dead porcupine in front of it. "I had an errand to do beyond the road across. My short legs and poor eyesight didn't take me far, instead I was tossed." | Source


If you remember like the husband who dearly loved his wife

Clambered down over the wall, endangering his life;

For that fresh rampion she longed in the other side

“Please husband, if I can’t have it I’ll die,” she cried.


I’ll live my life in guilt if the fruit I cannot find

My love’s life depends on this, she has pined.

I shall cross over the road in the quietness of the night

Nocturnal I am; I’ll brave the line in the absence of light.


"I got you the fruit you craved for my love, but we can no longer be together. I'll bring you more fruit in the afterlife and for you I will be waiting with Saint Francis in paradise yonder."
"I got you the fruit you craved for my love, but we can no longer be together. I'll bring you more fruit in the afterlife and for you I will be waiting with Saint Francis in paradise yonder." | Source


I found the fruit of life; I proudly will carry it home

Into my soulmate’s heart, she’ll thank me a poem.

But in sudden fate, quick as a flash of lightning

I lost my sight from the lights so blinding.



"This is my fate, my destiny. My sons will bear my strong fine quills and tell them that they are only to be used for defense, not on any thrills. We are not mean creatures, we do not mean to harm.  We are gentle porcupines, we are full of charm."
"This is my fate, my destiny. My sons will bear my strong fine quills and tell them that they are only to be used for defense, not on any thrills. We are not mean creatures, we do not mean to harm. We are gentle porcupines, we are full of charm." | Source


30,000 beautiful quills lay weak, soon be done

No pin is poison; I don’t intend to hurt anyone.

T’was on a Wednesday, the 26th of September

I lay cold on the lonely road, struck hard I remember.




“My dear wife, don't cry for me. This is our life; I know it wasn't meant to be. Before you could write me a poem, this poem for you I have laid, man will awaken for his mistake in bringing me to my grave." (Thank you, Ian for sharing this photo.)
“My dear wife, don't cry for me. This is our life; I know it wasn't meant to be. Before you could write me a poem, this poem for you I have laid, man will awaken for his mistake in bringing me to my grave." (Thank you, Ian for sharing this photo.) | Source




“Stranger, I forgive you; please, to my wife deliver the fruit

It will give her my love in this unfortunate pursuit.”

My chest is tightening, scared for my life

She’ll be up a tree looking where I’d be, oh dear wife.

"My dear loving mate, I will not witness our sons first gasp of air on this Earth. But behold of thy miracle, God has planned the joys of birth."
"My dear loving mate, I will not witness our sons first gasp of air on this Earth. But behold of thy miracle, God has planned the joys of birth." | Source



My teeth chattering of the shivers down my spine
My heartbeat is fading, I’ll be a dead porcupine.
I’ll miss my mate so; our young will have no father
But my soul, my spirit will be with them forever.


≈♥≈ ©coffeegginmyrice (Marites Mabugat-Simbajon), "Poor Porcupine Lost Its Shine" a poem, 10.01.2012


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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you picklesandrufus~ and we all hope not to see more of them dying on the roads and highways. Breaks my heart too. Peace for all those dead animals; they have a special place in heaven.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      You have a great heart for all the animals, Gypsy. May our Creator bless you more. Thank you :)

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I loved your heartfelt tribute to the porcupine I just love all creatures and it breaks my heart to see anyone of them who have been hit by a car. Vote up!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Such a sad but wonderful tribute. I love all animals and it breaks my heart that these things happen. Wonderful message and passing this on.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      That is really awesome, aviannovice! I've seen pictures of snapping turtles crossing the roads on Google. Just a wonderful sight to see until one of them is too unlucky and that would instantly change everything.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh, I didn't mean to, always exploring, but it was how I felt and yes, thank you. I have to imagine Mr. Porcupine's intention before he got struck. Why would he cross the other side of the road? What for? And then, the story just followed...

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you xstatic! The lifeless bodies of animals on the road, they keep me thinking in the car. I would be in deep thoughts feeling so sad. I hope that you will never encounter such incident, be safe always. I saw that news on Yahoo, a video of a boy on his longboard when a deer crossed over -- http://ca.news.yahoo.com/video/deer-takes-longboar...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      In rural Maine, some of us would stop traffic to permit snapping turtles to cross.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh shucks this made me sad! I love your poem. You gave the Porcupine a voice. We all need to watch out for the Critters..

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      It is always sad to see bodies of animals alongside the road. I would never hit one purposely, and hope no one does. A sad poem, but well done!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi girishpuri, I'm happy to see you again. WE should be all concerned of them. Back home in the Philippines, we easily trap and kill mice, rats and geckos because they are unwanted dwellers in our homes, even the surprising visits of snakes, yes, a snake underneath my ma's bed! But here, I can't even hurt a teenie-little mousie we found in the garden. I have a picture of him and so cute. Thank you friend! Cheers!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Goodnight too, epi! My eyes need to rest now. 1:01 a.m.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      brilliant message and you are very much concerned bout the poor dying animals on the road, voted way up.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      .........you are amazing. good night from the lake erie man. lol

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh wow, thanks for the laughter! Amazing you, funny you, full of surprises you!!! Tim Horton's cups, that's hilarious and then, PLA in a hot tub, but you didn't hit her, hahaha!

      Well, well, well, epigramman, I do sincerely wish you safe in your hourly commute to work and back, and in your driving out of the city and backroads too. It is very important to stay safe and alert for yourself and the sake of our little four-legged friends out there. I'm glad that you are carefully sharing the road, epi!

      Watch for that Coke can on the road! That will surely make Pepsi bwahaha!!!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      damn , you've got a beautiful heart - and a brilliant conceptual mind too.

      I know all about road kill - in my hourly commute to work and back, well that's two hours - because most of my driving is out of the city and on the backroads - where I have a pretty good track record of not hitting anybody (two or four legged) although I've seen it all - porcupines, squirrels, racoons, possums, deer, dogs, cats, goth punks, the living dead, wandering gypsys and nomads, mariachi bands, discarded Tim Horton's cups, elephants, lions, tigers,

      hippos, double decker buses, the fourth dimension and Pamela Lee Anderson in a hot tub - and yeah I made it to work and back home in one piece - let's hear it for the Candians as the Indiana Jones of night shift driving - lol -

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Mr. Happy, I'm very happy to see you. 'Been awhile I have not seen you around here or maybe I just miss your new hubs. Thank you that this sad poem made you smile at least. I have been saddened of this porcupine a few days back towards Tobermory (our supposed destination drive), never really reached the place though and we ended up in Bruce Peninsula. So sad that I have to write about it after sharing my albums of the trip on Facebook, and post an article and this poem hub on HubPages after.

      That is one major problem with these animals - rodents or not, that if they have dark shades, it is hard to spot them from a distance, esp. if some of them are nearsighted and slow like the porcupine. I'm glad you missed the skunk during your night drive and you ended up fine and feeling good about it. If only their spikes, stripes, dots, horns and hooves are flourescent (just like in Avatar or the beetles and fireflies), wouldn't that be great?

      It is true and important the results to living with care. Thank you, Mr. Happy and cheers to you too!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      btrbell, these poor animals endangered or not are yes, living, breathing beings and man can't just be blamed too fully. If there is a way for man to see warning ahead of an animal trying to cross, the life of an animal will be spared. Thank you so much, btrbell!

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I don't generally like sad poems but I liked this one since it raises awareness about our animal cousins with whom we live amongst in the city, for better or worse.

      I like the way You told the story of the porcupine. : )

      Just last night as I was getting on a ramp to the highway, I saw a skunk trying to cross the road. It was dark but I saw the white stripe on its back and it gave me enough time to swing my car to the right and miss it. I was pretty happy; kinda made my night actually, that I didn't take a life for no reason.

      Thank You for sharing your poem. First sad poem I have read which actually made me smile. If we live with care, I think we can minimize accidents.

      Cheers!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      so sad. I hate seeing animals on the side of the road. Here we see more ats here than any other animals. They may not be endangered as a species but we put them in danger by not sheltering them!. love the way you wrote it from his point of people, people need to know that this was a living, breathing being! Thanks for the great hub!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Cris! Got my hands and mind full with this porcupine the past days. That's right, raccoons and skunks in the city too, poor guys!

      Most of them never make it home. I wish you safe on the highway to work and back too, Cris.

      The video...I felt that I couldn't finish watching it. The guy taking the video sounded like he was already crying for the crossing porcupine. So thrilling! I'm glad that porcupine got lucky that night.

      Thank you, my dear friend! Have a good evening.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you, tobusiness. I have to speak for the poor male porcupine. Take care.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Poor guys although they scare me, I hate to see them lifeless on the road. I always would encounter them (and racoons and skunk) specially on my early morning drive to the airport at 3AM. Guess, they are on their way home while I am on my way to work. (:

      That's why I'm always careful. God, I'll never forgive myself if I happen to hit any one of them even if it is an accident.

      That video is so animated, never know if that little guy will make it. Glad he did!

      Nice little tribute. Good job! Up and all!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      That's the only thing I am too scared of finding on trips to the countryside, the unfortunate lives of animals lying on the roads. So far, in the city, I've seen a turtle crossing but we can't stop to his rescue; God, silently I prayed and my mind was so disturbed not knowing if he will make it to the other side. And I've seen a coyote too standing right on the island triangle of a road intersection. Don't really know if he made it. Thank you, billybuc and for sharing your feelings 'bout them. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Amen to that!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello Audrey, thank you for being on the top. That was quick. Thank you for lovin' the poem. May it open man's eyes day and night on the roads and highways.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      So very sad, but beautiful and cleverly done with a strong message. I find myself hoping he'll make it home, but alas it was not to be.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very lovely poem with an important message. For us it is deer...there are thousands around our area and they are liable to dart out in the road for apparently no reason. Driving at night can be scary at best, and it breaks my heart to see a dead animal on the road.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Loved this!! Clever and important--