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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Monster in My Garden

By Stroppy

There’s a monster in my garden and it doesn’t try to hide
It confronts me when I step outside blocking every stride.
I get caught up in a foot fetish trying not to trip over it,
this monster which came unheeded
from my husband's compost, as a tiny little pip.
It’s become his “little treasure” and woe betide if I am seen,
trying to stem the flow, of this monster, brightly dressed in green,
with little yellow flowers heralding the birth
of another little monster, from this composted bit of earth.
My kitchen herbs have vanished beneath a cloak of leaves,
now hubby’s pulled out rosemary with one enormous heave.
He’s sitting out there hacking with on his face a winning grin
Chopping poor rosemary into pieces, and tossing them into the “green” bin.
He never did like rosemary she took up so much space
in this little bit of garden, I used to call my place.
Well if that’s they way he wants it he can have it without a fight,
I’ll go back to my computer in peace, to sit and write.

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Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


I love your poem, and the way you phrase the goings-on out there. Being in Florida, I too have a "cloak of leaves" everywhere, in my pool especially. Rosemary can grow to a huge size. But I am sure it will rise up again next year.
Nice piece, at least writing leaves us with cleaner hands.

Oh goodness! I thought at first the monster in the garden was you messing around! Can you tell that I speak from experience?

Stroppy - very hard to take when a dearly loved husband 'takes over' your garden isn't it - never mind it does give you an excellent excuse to sit down and enjoy writing without feeling guilty about all the work that needs doing in the garden!

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