Lawnmower blues

It rained,so I can’t cut the grass,
I did it yesterday…
While I was ill, it grew so much
The small dog lost her way.

I’d conjured up a strimmer thing
And wrestled with the shears,
My poor lawn looks as if
Its not been manicured for years.

And then the mower wouldn’t go
With screwdriver and knife
I operated on the thinng
And forced it back to life.

It needs more than a cut or two
To bring it back in line,
So, foolishly, I thought I’d start…
Assuming I’d be fine.

I huffed and puffed to mow it down
I’d strimmed it first as well…
But by the second mower pass
You couldn’t really tell.

A mini haystack had appeared,
The compost overflowed,
The air was snowing shredded grass
The lawn looked barely mowed.

I’ll cut it once again, I thought,
Or maybe use the sickle…
But now it’s just a soggy mess
‘Cause English weather’s fickle.

The small dog rolls her eyes and sighs,
“Why struggle so to mow?
It’s raining cats and dogs out there…
It’s only going to grow!”

If I could just take down the fence,
Invite the cows to roam,
The wilderness that once was lawn
Might once more feel like home.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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47 Responses to Lawnmower blues

  1. willowdot21 says:

    The joys of gardening!

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  2. chris jensen says:

    Reblogged this on crjen1958 and commented:
    A most read piece of written mastery…

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  3. chris jensen says:

    Darling, i most say this piece so beautifully written…

    Tis a midnight dream, ifinn some day i could match some simular or the same…


  4. Ritu says:

    Oh my@ lawnmower blues! That’s why I leave the gardening to my hubby lol!


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  6. Peter says:

    Such a shame BB King is no longer with us to sing…

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  7. Cute poem, but it sounds like the grass is getting the better of you, Sue.


  8. bobcabkings says:

    I think my little bit of lawn (Much that once was grass has been taken over by a creeper sort of thing.) is getting to resemble yours. The lawnmower needs a new blade and the old one, which has hit too many rocks, is rusted on tight. Sympathy!


  9. Such a fun poem, Sue. I really could picture poor Ani losing her way in the long green grass.


  10. Mary Smith says:

    Before I reached the end I was thinking about those cows. A couple of sheep might be better, though, if you can find a friendly farmer.


  11. reocochran says:

    I was thinking of goats, since they seem nice and will eat trash, too. Ha ha! Hope you are going to wrangle with the garden and yard while winning instead of losing the battle to the rain and weather! Sue, it is fun to read poems with humor interspersed into them. Smiles, Robin


  12. Erik says:

    Anne of Green Gables would’ve just taken down that fence and let the cows come over. πŸ˜‰


  13. I don’t know about you, but I think we need sheep or maybe llamas. Our mower is too big and heavy for me OR Garry. I’ve never been more sorry I never bought that little tractor!


  14. rivrvlogr says:

    Let the cows in, but tread carefully – they tend to leave presents.


  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Haha, nothing worse than trying to mow a soggy lawn!


  16. jenanita01 says:

    Someone near me has laid lush dark green artificial grass and it looks amazing! No more wrestling with the mower and breaking your back in the process…


  17. What you need to borrow is a herd of sheep, Sue. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  18. You have reaffirmed the benefits of gravel paths and no grass. I am forever thankful for a grass free garden…😊


  19. noelleg44 says:

    I bet Ani just loved it! But beware of ticks – both you and Ani. Maybe one of those weedwacker things would be a way to cut the heavy stuff, but around here, people are renting goats. A day or two of their ministrations and the area will be shorn clean!


  20. Adele Marie says:

    I so know the feeling, Sue. I’m not allowed to mow the lawn, Becca does, for health reasons but also because so far, I’ve blown up one lawnmower, one just fell to bits and tried to attack the lawn with a pair of kitchen scissors. So I am retired from lawn mowing. xxx


  21. I do hate mowing the lawn and luckily don’t have to that often. You definitely need to call the cattle in Sue! πŸ™‚


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