Does anything in the household inspire more groans than lawns do at this time of year, especially in this early summer of rain, rain, and even more of it?
As Roberto's verse shows, lawns are inspiring pleasures even if they come with a rather demanding commitment. Remember Walt Whitman's observation, 'A leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.'
When you're pulling the mower from the garden shed, it's good to think of Thomas Edison reminding lofty mankind of reality. 'Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge.'
Our poet has been inspired by the neighbourhood's furiously-growing lawns.
Suburban dreaming - Cut lawns
Lawns lush and loved and lowly,
As once the nomad's knee did know,
Somewheres, perhaps, where you will go.