Weekend Work

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In memory of the recent weekend:

Waiting for Everymulch

I am a mulch-man, brave and true
I have a task that I must do
Spreading mulch from here to there
To save the gardens everywhere

I am a mulch-man, that is right
From early morn to late at night
To hide base dirt from saintly sight
And this way set the world to right

I take the chunks of chopped-up trees
Chocolate colored if you please
The pieces rustled by a breeze
Lifting dust that makes me sneeze

There is no question in the yard
or gardening that is too hard
That can’t be fixed with half a yard
Paid for with my credit card

I pick it up and put it down
I cover up unseemly ground
To kill the weeds that do abound
That shan’t be seen if you’re around

I am a mulch-man, that’s my game
My shoulders hurt, my back is lame
But even so I don’t complain
We must avoid the garden shame

And when I’m done and had enough
Of spreading this unholy stuff
The thought comes in both strong and clear
We’ll need much more of it next year

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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