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The “Joys” of Raking

on October 9, 2012

Raking has always been a bit of a mixed bag to me. I love running around in “leaf rain,” but collecting it can be a bit of a pain. And although raking requires ZERO skill (yay!), it becomes a tedious task all too quickly. So I’m faced with the dilemma of whether to rake everyday or hope no one looks at the lawn till the day before it first snows….or I could twiddle my fingers and hope the snow comes early to cover up my procrastination. Choices….choices….

Here’s a poem from the famed Robert Frost himself.

Gathering Leaves:

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.
I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?
Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.
Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?



2 responses to “The “Joys” of Raking

  1. I love raking leaves, it was the one job I refused to allow anyone else to do. Around here if someone doesn’t want to rake they mow over it and leave the leaves for mulch to fertilize the grass naturally.

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