Keeping the Yard Clean
To Move Out to the Yard
There are seedling I planted last week
some radish, wild onion, and a leek
moved some rock to make plot
some soil from compost rot
where small sprouts under soil start to peek.
There is a lawn that needs constant mow
to push the mower with kids in the tow
jumping in front to play
then quickly jump away
we are lucky no ones lost their toe.
There is a new batch of weeds this year
that will need to be pulled without fear
to put on our our work gloves
one of my springtime loves
with rakes and other destructive gear.
There is some loose stone in the front yard
and an old ladder recently charred
some trash brought in by wind
in bushes poorly thinned
a small bag full of waste to discard.
There are multiple piles of dog stuff
you know those piles that are rather tough
to remove from your shoe
when its stuck like a glue
and you think “enough is enough!”
There is a day we will dedicate
this messy yard will not sit and wait
the kids pick up their toys
an incredible noise
as they complain about their sad fate.
There is a moment when filled with pride
when we all want to play more outside
in a yard that is clean
a nice place to be seen
without running away terrified.
There is the day after the cleaning
when you still expect to see gleeming
a new pile of clutter
as I start to mutter
this may have lost all of its meaning.