Post-weekend Poetry 036: Pride of Ownership by Sandy Hartman

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the thirty-sixth poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Sandy Hartman.

Pride of Ownership

Scorching skies on a green soaked afternoon
After days of rain
Pleasant lawns square the road sides
Lined with proper bungalows and deep shade porches
Knots of grass and stubborn weeds
Topped by jaunty blossoms here and there
Flourish in the hang dog blue humidity
While the heavenly mandate to go forth and multiply
Surges through weed and flower alike
And there’s a whole new crop of little lizards
Lookin’ for love

From the comfort of their easy chairs
Old folks and their neighbors
Peer over their porch rails at the bounty
Grudging the wonder of such profusion
Nagged by the reminder
That the lawn mower and the garden shears
Wait in the garage

© Sandy Hartman 08/18/09


Thank you Sandy, that was delightful. 🙂

Sandy is a retired public school teacher at the high school and junior high levels, a member of Pen Women of America, Moxy Laureate for and the creator of the site Her poetry is published in several journals and three poems placed first in various contests.

She does not self-publish, her hubris in creating, she says, is quite enough. She’s had the good fortune to travel to several countries in Asia and lived for a time in Saigon, Vietnam and Vientiane, Laos during the war. She is most of all, a visionary poet, as you can see by her site.


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