To Rake or Not

The great debates roll around again;
(THOSE are over! Can I hear an “Amen!”?)
About these leaves-what action will I take?
This year how many rakes can I break?

It seems there are as many leaves in the trees
As there are on the ground swirling around my knees –
Evidence it’s too early to start this task,
But when I do, should I wear a mask?

Raking them is so slow and sweaty;
And some of the bags get kinda hefty;
But it’s peaceful and I can listen to tunes
As the yard fills up with leafy dunes.

Blowing them makes way too much noise;
Louder than a bus full of rowdy boys!
The wind is always such a tease
Fighting the blower and making me sneeze.

Mowing might work if that’s what I do,
And it whittles the hours down to two.
The trick is getting the mower to start.
For all that headache I don’t have the heart.

So the dilemma is to mow, blow or rake.
To pretend that I care makes me a fake.
Better to greet the fun each day might bring,
And deal with the yard full of leaves next spring.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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