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May 7, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

At the Wall. Insurgents

They inch forward.

Press with increasing determination against the barrier.

Like a Barbarian onslaught against Hadrian’s Wall.

Like nomads breaching the Great Wall of China.

As unsettling as wildings beyond The Wall in Game of Thrones.


Crowds getting thicker.

Less responsive.

Ready to spill over, opportunity given.

That mustn’t happen.


Ignore one – for whatever reason – weariness, lack of time, lack of attention, kindness –

And then there’s another and another.

Until it gets difficult to cut them off.

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Sometimes they shove the young beauties out front.

The bloom of youth on them.

Their delicate necks so vulnerable.

An attempt to play on sympathy?

Hoping you’d feel bad about any cold-heartedness sharpness?


They cluster sometimes in dense groups.


Daring each other to inch forward?


The glaring sun doesn’t halt them.

Dehydration takes a toll.

Some pale and weaken.

Bunching together for support. Preventing collapse or retreat.


Sometime you have to offer water – even though you know it only encourages them.

They want to misinterpret that.

Gives them hope.


The tough ones look for a crack – an opening.

The brave – or desperate – slip forward.

Hoping for squatters’ rights. Or mercy.

Eventually their numbers cannot be denied.


Action of some sort can’t be delayed forever.

Bad for both sides.

Only makes the inevitable more difficult.

They maybe tender in age – green – but they are growing in strength.

Enough already.

Start up that darn lawn mower now.


Wait any long and you won’t be able to even see the curb or sidewalk!

Like it or not, back to the weekly mowing routine.

After the runners,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Do not tell me even plants feel and react to pain. La-la-la! Bubbing fountains drowning you out....

Do not tell me even plants feel and react to pain. La-la-la! Bubbling fountains drowning that out….






  1. colonialist / May 7 2014 1:17 pm



  2. Littlesundog / May 7 2014 1:59 pm

    Sheesh! I think I’m into torture! I just wrote that blog post about yanking the greens from the deer pen and throwing them to the chickens to be pecked to death and eaten. What kind of barbarian does that? Ha ha ha! What an imagination you have – I loved this post!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2014 3:00 pm

      We used to casually wander up to yards with weeds/excess grass and jank it out early in the morning while walking dogs…then rush home to toss it at the “free range” rabbit living in the atrium so he and the guinea pig (partner in crime. a rescue from school) could gleefully destroy the evidence. We had no choice. The pair threatened to defoliate the area if we didn’t provide tribute. Those greens are probably especially tasty ones! It’s OK – here we understand the pressure you are under. Snorts and giggles…and itches. Thanks for holding back the mob!


  3. easyweimaraner / May 7 2014 2:03 pm

    I wonder what they did with all those green thingies before the lawn mowers …


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2014 3:02 pm

      Maybe they were smart enough not to have sidewalks? From backyard experiments, we think large running dog paws can easily be a lawn maintenance device. Thanks for bounding over


  4. gingerfightback / May 7 2014 2:34 pm

    Sadly the showery weather precludes me from mowing the weeds (not much of a gardener)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2014 3:08 pm

      We downsized the lawn with this house. Better, but there’s still small skirmishes until everything dies from excessive heat in August. No doubt these hardy ones (green now, but gaining experience) are seeking positioning in the shade in preparation. Thinking altering all to rocky swales. Thanks for risking a walk into the battlezone


  5. Ally Bean / May 7 2014 5:12 pm

    If you have a yard, you have insurgents. Funny to think about them that way, but I guess it is a battle of epic proportions.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2014 5:44 pm

      How can you fight them? They are green! Public opinion is against harsh treatments. Ever watchful of those intruding runners. Thanks for clipping out a comment to share


  6. heretherebespiders / May 7 2014 7:41 pm

    Augh! Caterpillar Grass! Not envious at all, as it always looked much more like a centipede when stretching across the pavement or a patch of sand in Florida. Off with their heads!!! Don’t worry, I won’t grass on you!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2014 8:36 pm

      They call it St. Augustine! No saint that one…always causing trouble.Thanks for cultivating a comment


  7. EllaDee / May 8 2014 5:51 am

    I leave the yellow flowering weeds for the bees… well that’s my excuse, and wage but never win war on the runners. I swear along with cockroaches nut grass and its kin would survive a nuclear holocaust.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2014 2:16 pm

      Noooo – not nut grass! It may be in league with the roaches. Soon it will be too hot to go outside – my only hope. (We have some primroses and dandelions let. The bees are thrilled with the blooming madly lantana.The one we have came from a sand dune of an old ranch/homestead in Galveston after the last hurricane. Super hardy, lots of blooms, and easy to get sturdy cuttings. My kind of plant. Thanks for buzzing around these fields


  8. lizabetsy1947 / May 8 2014 12:52 pm

    I really like this piece. You write very well – so descriptive.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2014 2:20 pm

      Glad you found something that tickle your brain. Appreciate the kind words. Thanks for raking together a comment!


  9. belocchio / May 8 2014 8:26 pm

    You never win this battle. If you don’t cut the lawn regularly it becomes unruly. Jamming the blades of the ride-em mower. Living on a farm does require this type of equipment – but we always let the dandelions bloom, and their root system is good for the lawn, AND because this is an environmentally friendly farm we harvest the early green leaves for salad.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2014 8:49 pm

      And those dandelions are so soft to dust yellow on kid’s cheeks… school kids’ playground/PE probably don’t offer that option these days. Sad. The leaves are edible – but not with the air particles and dogs we have around in the neighborhood (even leashed ones “visit”) Thanks for creating such a smile-dusted comment


      • belocchio / May 8 2014 8:51 pm

        Dusting yellow on the cheeks! You revived a memory. We used to do this as children and I had forgotten this wonderful experience.


  10. reneejohnsonwrites / May 11 2014 12:09 am

    My whole yard is full of weeds. I’m not sure what we are going to do. It’s terrible.


    • reneejohnsonwrites / May 11 2014 12:10 am

      PS. My great-aunt loved dandelions. She made dandelion wine. I could always tell when she had been gathering them as her fingers would be stained yellow.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2014 9:29 pm

      We’re afraid to pull out the weeds – there would be bald spots. Eventually the heat will kill the weeds and hopefully the grass will take over once again. It would help if the clouds would pause a bit instead of just rolling on past to shower elsewhere. Thanks for lining up a comment


      • Irene Tobias Rodriguez / May 12 2014 7:23 pm

        Heat killing weeds? Wishful thinking.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 13 2014 12:48 am

          Actually the weeds do start dying off once the temps get in the 90’s – even the dollar weed can’t take it… August just about everything’s dried and dormant until end of Sept. One last cool front coming in tonight – so unusual – but not complaining one bit! (it’s also snowing in Colorado today) Now if that cool front would only bring a bit of rain,too…ok a little…Dallas and places 3-4 hrs north are flooding (while the Panhandle – even further north – fights forest fires and drought). It must be summer! Thanks for inching past


          • Irene Tobias Rodriguez / May 15 2014 8:56 pm

            You must have different weeds than Ohio where weeds always outlast grass no matter how hot. I’d like to give you some rain. We’ve had an over abundance of it lately. Storms the other day caused major flooding in northern Ohio. Luckily we escaped the major storm but we saw the edge of it pass us.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 15 2014 9:36 pm

            Except nut grass – Nut grass survives anything! When it’s hot, I just don’t look…(like a cat staring at the wall saying no one is in the room? giggles!)
            We finally got a good soaking rain with this wonderful cool front – 49 last night which broke record from 1809 or something. Flooded some places inland, but here it all drains away quickly. Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks digging up a comment


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