Porcupines

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Maine should be pleased that its animal is not a waverer, and rather than fight, lets the primed quill fall. ~ Marianne Moore

A porcupine is a mammal noted for its long sharp quills.

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  • I'm a little hoarse tonight. I've been living in Chicago for the past two months, and you know how it is, yelling for help on the way home every night. Things are so tough in Chicago that at Easter time, for bunnies the little kids use porcupines.
  • What! Would you slap the Porcupine?
    Unhappy child — desist!
    Alas! That any friend of mine
    Should turn Tupto-philist.
  • If you start throwing hedgehogs under me, I shall throw a couple of porcupines under you.
  • Maine should be pleased that its animal
    is not a waverer, and rather
    than fight, lets the primed quill fall.
    Shallow oppressor, intruder,
    insister, you have found a resister.
    • Marianne Moore in "Apparition of Splendor", in The Poems of Marianne Moore (2003)
  • Any hound a porcupine nudges
    Can't be blamed for harboring grudges.
    I know one hound that laughed all winter
    At a porcupine that sat on a splinter.

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