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The rake fans out with long slender fingers.
They’re springy, giving a bounce
as they dig in and jump up.

The handle is wood – I wear gloves
To prevent splinters and blisters.
They will not prevent the blisters.

Each one a lunge out and away;
Then a pull back.

Arms forward,
Shoulders back.

Arms forward,
Shoulders back.

Fingers loose,
Then tighten,

Over and over and over.

Tickles of sweat at my hat band.
The sun is hot.
The sweat cools.
Arms twitch,
Shoulders ache,
Back screams.

Forward and back.
Forward and back.

My mind slips away to somewhere else.
The time starts to slip – 
Ache forgotten – 
Lark singing – 

The house wren is back again this year
Letting the lark know he is here and wanting his share.

New spring leaves rustle,
in a God sent breeze to aid the sweat.

A cat looks at me
And settles in the shade
Wondering at my industry.

The slender fingers of the rake
Make trails in the dirt
weaving a carpet pattern between the grasses.

Ants are disturbed 
And bustle to repair the rude damage.

A toad was up rooted from his winter sleep.

Pounding — a flicker is working on the side of my house.

My aching shoulders bring me back to real time.
The piles are big.
I am Thirsty.
It must be time to join the cat.

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  1. Date: 4/8/2013 6:45:00 PM
    Judith, we share the pleasures of raking and cats, wonderful.

    Meyer Avatar Judith Angell Meyer
    Date: 4/9/2013 8:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Sheri! I was thinking it was time to get that rake out again, and last night we got a ferocious wind, then rain and thunder, and now we have losts of snow on the ground. My tulips will likely freeze. Sigh ... at least I can put off raking, with a good excuse, again... ~J~
  1. Date: 10/6/2008 10:50:00 AM
    I remember this poem so well. Congratulations Judith on your extremely well deserved featured write of the week. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 7:43:00 AM
    Congratulations Judith on one of my NOT so facvorite chores "Raking" being featured this week on Poetry Soup. Vince

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 5:31:00 AM
    Judith one of the things I liked about my house was the huge yard - or so I thought - Congrats on being featured and good luck with the raking this time of year - God Bless

  1. Date: 10/5/2008 5:54:00 PM
    This is the right time to be taking our rakes out of storage!! Nicely done poem!! ~Carrie

  1. Date: 10/5/2008 4:50:00 PM
    Interesting perspective. Congratulations on having your poem featured. I wish you continued success with your writing. Karen