Courtney Kane

The Grass Lady

She's our neighbor, a quite fussy one.
She cuts her grass twice a week,
scarcely giving the blades chance to grow,
and it is the trimmest yard on the block,
standing out among the other yards; a near painting
frozen in a colorful time.

We call her teasingly the 'grass lady'. She has no idea, of course.
Sometimes I'm compelled to ask her to cut my lawn,
since she enjoys this act of cutting so much,
enjoys keeping the grass like a carpet that breathes and has breath,

But, I must say, I often wonder who will cut her grass when she's gone?
When her body loses its war, who will examine her terrific yard?
Who will keep it perfect, who will care to groom it
like a head of green hair? I often wonder as I watch her

behind the roaring lawnmower. When the world passes away,
grass, trees, rosebushes, us; will she wish she'd hugged her kids more,
cut less grass, and cut more frequently through the social ills
that steal kids, like shoplifters of the innocent?

Such a gorgeous lawn she has.
Quite manicured and near perfect, I'd say.

Poem Submitted: Friday, June 10, 2005
Poem Edited: Friday, June 22, 2007

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  • Elysabeth FaslundElysabeth Faslund (8/12/2007 12:46:00 PM)

    Absolutely one fine work! ! ! I often ask people, 'On your deathbed, which are you going to want to see...a dollar bill or a beloved person from your life? ' Well, the answers I've gotten are, 'A manicured lawn now, 'person' when it comes time.' What a crock! Done well, and delightfully honest! ! ! xxElysabeth

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  • Max Reif (8/8/2005 9:27:00 AM)

    Dear Courtney,
    I found this poem wonderfully playful and a delight to read!
    I don't find the last 1/3 quite up to the rest.

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  • Raynette Eitel (6/10/2005 11:16:00 AM)

    Ah yes, this has a clear image and a strong message. Good job.


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  • Uriah Hamilton (6/10/2005 11:14:00 AM)

    Both meaning and style here, thanks.

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