Monday, November 2, 2009

Good-bye My Friend, ode to an L-Tool.

Good-bye to you, my trusted friend.
You had your season in the sun.
Time to rest in the shadows, like the fading roses.
Together we climbed hills, beneath trees, got scraped and worn.

Now that winter is in the air, like the flowers,the weeds have gone.
You've helped to teach me right from wrong, what was ground cover , and where to scrape so it would be gone.
We had joy, we had fun, we saved some worms , played too long in the sun.

You wore bright enough blue and flashed enough blade,
so every time when I was down,
crawling and feeling along without sound,
you'd help me find what I thought I'd lost. You knew I'd always come around,
and dig your edge back into the ground.

Good-bye to you my trusted friend.
Until spring is in the air
And roots and buds are everywhere
Until then, my heart wants there,
But alone you'll wait , quiet, without flair.


  1. I really enjoyed this. What a unique way to say farewell to the growing season.

  2. Thanks, you are too kind Jen. I was going to delete it after, I had initially started with full intention on rewording the whole song, ran out of time, scrambled and posted anyway. Oh well. Isn't that the truth of our days sometimes anyway. And in the end, that is what I was going to say, that the simplest of tools was the most appreciated, and sometimes I wish that were true about most things.

  3. I'm so glad you posted this ... a wonderful reminder to be thankful for the ordinary.

  4. Fun cadence.

    I've never seen that tool before. You use it for scraping? Don't the rocks dent it?

  5. S.Etole ~ thanks, it's so true that a little thing can make such a big difference.

    Kathleen ~ it's mostly used to scrape along the surface like a spatula to pull out small weeds. Or dig at larger ones. It is sometimes known as a paver weeder because you run it along between stones to get out weeds, moss, etc. Obviously in a small surface area or it would take forever. Hours I've spent on hands and knees, scrape/dig with one hand, pull and bunch up and toss into bucket with other, in flower beds with large soil surfaces .

  6. What a well written ode! I think I will be looking for one of these marvelous tools come spring!


  7. this is so cute!

    how long did it take you to come up with it?? What a blessing it is to be gifted with words :)

    Have a great day :)

  8. such a sweet post. :) made me smile.