Keeping the Yard Clean

Keeping the yard clean...
There is a lawn that needs constant mow…

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.

Jamie Lee Hamann
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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

5 thoughts on “Keeping the Yard Clean

  • May 11, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    A most creative and delightful poem, Jamie. Cleaning up the large garden when I lived in Latvia was not always my favorite chore but it had to be done each year.

  • May 15, 2019 at 5:15 AM

    Oh, the memories this brings to mind – when my kids were young and spring was clean up time in the yard. I enjoyed this piece, Jamie. Well done.

  • May 16, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Oh, I can relate to this Jamie. I seem to be mowing constantly at the moment, or weeding the garden, although that job has gotten away from me a little. Here mallow is difficult to control once it takes hold as it has such deep roots. I keep putting the job of tackling it off. Your poem makes me feel guilty so now I have to get out there and just do it. Good work.

  • May 19, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    The most calming thing for me to ever do is mow the lawn.. I love it. Nice work Jamie..


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