Landscaper’s Lament

Tuesday drips some brighter
After a rainy overnighter
Expect more showers this morning
And for afternoon lightning, there is a warning.

Wednesday’s prediction is “Sunny”,
And I guess there is some hope.
So through today we’ll grope,
And use tomorrow to make our money.


Word of the Day


Pronunciation /dɪˈmɛntɪd/
1 Suffering from dementia.
1.1 British informal Behaving irrationally due to anger, distress, or excitement.

Mid 17th century past participle of earlier dement ‘drive mad’, from Old French dementer or late Latin dementare, from demens ‘out of one’s mind’.



Dean didn’t decide to be demented.
All wished it could have been prevented.
Very soon after it began to show
It was, by his family, deeply resented.

He didn’t always have retention
Of things his wife might mention.
And often, while he watched TV,
He didn’t really pay attention.

If you ask him about his reading books
He might shrug or give you dirty looks
He’d read the same page over and again
Like well-loved recipes from his favorite cooks.

While no one ever thinks it’s fair
Eventually he just will not be there
Though his body may still work
His brain, his mind, won’t even care.


Word of the Day


Pronunciation /ˈɪrɪteɪt/
[with object]
1 Make (someone) annoyed or a little angry.
2 Cause inflammation or other discomfort in (a part of the body)
2.1 Biology Stimulate (an organism, cell, or organ) to produce an active response.

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘excite, provoke’): from Latin irritat- ‘irritated’, from the verb irritare.


It took me a while to find it out
Checking twice so there’s not doubt
And you know what’s really great?
It’s never too late to irritate.

Spring 2021

The month of May
Comes to a soggy close.
It’s misty today
After several of those

And worse, I admit,
Deluge and runoff.
We’ve had a fit.
It’s not been a one-off.

So, June is up next.
We’re looking for fun,
And we’ll sure be vexed
If we don’t see some sun.