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I Like To DO IT At Dusk

Updated on February 28, 2015

Many neighbors think I’m a pain in the ass

Because of the time of day I like to cut my grass


One hour before dark is ideal for me

It’s light enough so I can still see


The day is cooling off as the hot sun slowly sets

I’m not doing anything wrong, I have no regrets


I can’t work in the high heat, in the mid afternoon sun

I have always been this way, dusk is when my outside work gets done


So if you’re that upset about the choices I make

Simply turn your TV up for gosh sake


Close all your windows and both of your doors

Please be patient with me until I’m done with my chores


Maybe I should buy a quiet manual mower that you push

It would sure be a great workout for my legs and my toosh


Or better yet, you move to the country where no neighbors can be found

Then you can have your wish, you won’t be bothered by any sound


Maybe I should cut my grass in my bathing suit

Not sure you’d be upset then or just think it’s cute


I’m sorry I have disturbed you by mowing my lawn

Would you rather I DO IT at the break of dawn?


This is Sharyn's Slant . . .

I NEED TO GET ME ONE OF THESE (i.e. the really LOUD mower)

What time of day do you mow your lawn?

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Phil ~ I am glad that you were entertained. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

      Sharyn

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      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Entertaining piece. I usually mow my lawn in the late afternoon as at dusk there are usually other plans.

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi rfox ~ yup, it is that time of year. I love cutting grass but not spring cleaning :) Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan ~ I agree, anything before 8 a.m. drives me nuts too. I have always liked cutting the lawn and usually later in the evening on the really hot days. I think my neighbors are used to that now :) Thanks for your feedback!

      Sharyn

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      rfox21 

      6 years ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      It is that time of year -- I'm decluttering my house (spring cleaning) and just wrote about that!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is such a cute poem! I have neighbors that rev up their lawn mowers on a Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. and it drives me nuts. I prefer to get my husband to mow the grass or my sons. But that doesn't always happen. I like cutting the grass at around ten in the morning.

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Ardie ~ sounds like you get a good workout! I could see a light on a tractor, that would work. With a big yard, it's hard to time it just right later in the evening. You need to pick up a used tractor at a garage sale :) Thanks so much for your comments. Enjoy cutting that grass!

      Sharyn

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      Sondra 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      It is that time of year again, isn't it? I do my lawn either very early (like 830 am) or in the evening too (after 7 pm). I have a huge yard and it takes a lot out of me to push mow it. And push mow I do...my riding mower has been broken for a few years now. Add to the exertion the 90 degree days we tend to get and I just cant handle the afternoon chores. I am lucky however, because my neighbors all also have very large yards and we arent close together. You can seriously hear mowers all over between 9 am and 9 pm - my one neighbor has a light on his tractor lol :) Cute poem

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Tammy ~ YES, "Afternoon Delight" ha ha. I agree about the mosquitoes. You really need to time it just right. Thanks for your fun feedback!

      TENKAY ~ I'm so glad you found this fun. I was certainly in a silly mood when I wrote it. Thank you for your feedback.

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      TENKAY 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      hahaha that was fun. It's amazing how you were able to rhyme the words and still get a coherent poem. A very humorous poem... thanks for sharing.

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Very cute and clever.. tee hee.. A new version of "Afternoon Delight." I like to do it in the evenings but it isn't always easy with the mosquitos. Thanks for sharing your sense of humor.

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning FS,

      I'm glad you enjoyed this. Funny that they still make and sell those push mowers :) Now that the weather is changing, it's gonna get noisy with the snow blower too. Thanks for stopping by and for the follow. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Annie Fenn 

      7 years ago from Australia

      I'm with you, Sharyn. I am lucky I have someone to mow for me, and he does it any time of the day, my part of the deal is to rake up all the clippings and I always do that in the cool of early evening. A very enjoyable poem, I love your defence of your choice of mowing time and as for the manual push mower - nah, too much like hard work!! My votes to you.

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello carcro,

      Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed this. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      Very funny and has some truth to it! Good writing, thanks for sharing!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Cool, you are so sweet, THANKS!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm back to share this hub with friends on Facebook....it's to funny not to pass along! :)

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Sunshine,

      You are too funny. Maybe you need that mower in the video? Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Love it!!! I LOL'ed!!! I voted for evening! I enjoy mowing the lawn....like Tim Allen Of Home Improvement with his tools I like the power of the mower! Hubby does the edging, not my thang! Voted UP/FUNNY/AWESOME!!!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Cheeky Girl,

      Glad you stopped by. Ha, when the mood strikes is always a good time :) Thanks for the giggle. Have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Regarding the grass, I live in an apartment and have no grass. Bummer. As for doing it at dusk...dusk, dawn ... hell, any time is a good time to me! LOL! Great poem!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathy,

      You are so funny. I just got in from mowing the lawn again. I'm done and it's just 7 p.m. EST so I think everyone is okay with me today :) But I was sweating quite a bit in the sun. Thank you for stopping by.

      BTW, I love your new pic! Have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Sharyn! This is SO TRUE! Evening at dusk when the burning sun isn't cooking you or early am when it hasn't shown it's scalding self.! Love this poem! And, I'm right there with you on this. I really love mowing; it's a time to think and muse...create some words and solve life's riddles..there really is nothing like manual labor to ease all kinds of stress and built up/pent up energy.

      Love it...I tried to vote for both morning and evening 'cuz, it depends upon whether I'm moving the back (east) lawn or front (west) one...oh...for Heaven's sake! Huh?

      Love it...Funny, Useful, Interesting and UP!

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi B,

      And your comment makes me SMILE. Thank YOU so much! Have a great evening!

      Sharon

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      This was such a Fun read Sharyn...great Humor...Keep it up, you make us Smile!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Mar,

      Yes, a little, lol. I just love when you stop by. I saw you did your 20th - will check it out soon. Thanks and Big Hugs,

      Sharyn

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a provocative title, Miss Slant!

      Love it, love the little ditty and love you most of all... keep cool at all costs!

      Voted UP and FAB, mar!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello MM,

      I think it makes sense too - but there apparently are neighbors that think that mowing the lawn at 8 p.m. is too late. Oh, well. Thank you so much for your vote!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Morning Kathy,

      A little humor is always good :) I'm doing okay. Hope you are too! Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sharyn, I think that makes complete sense to mow when it's cooler, go for it!

      Loved the poem and voting up!

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Quite honestly, I don't do it at all, the Apartment Manager does right now, but if I did....I would do it at dusk when it is cool. You are too funny Sharyn's Slant! Hope you are well and staying cool!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Fiddleman,

      Thanks so much for your vote of confidence. Have a great evening,

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Husky,

      Great to meet you. Well you sure are all over the place when you like to do it! :) I should have added a "whenever I have time" choice. Dusk is my favorite time and you are right, it looks so nice first thing in the morning. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Fiddleman 

      7 years ago

      Very good and and funny too.

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      Husky1970 

      7 years ago

      Neat poem. I didn't know how to vote in your poll because I sometimes mow in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon and sometimes even at dusk. I can see why you like to do it at dusk. Cool and usually dry. Looks great the next morning. Voted up and funny.

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey MO,

      Thanks for such kind comments. Glad to make you laugh! Take care,

      Sharyn

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      MysteriousOne 

      7 years ago

      Sharyn, that was just awesome!

      LOL all the way through!

      Bravo,my friend!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Suramya,

      I love that I made you giggle :) Thanks so much for stopping by this morning. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Suramya.K 

      7 years ago

      Now this is something I call funny (giggle)!!

      Simple, yet hilarious!!!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Morning Kel,

      Good thing I like mowing the lawn or I'd have to hire that guy in the video. Yeah, the poll should include something like "I hire my spouse" :) I think where I live, there is some kind of law about "not before 8 a.m." -- Mowing the lawn or any kind of noisy home improvement . . . Anyway, I hope all is well with you. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      That is funny Sharyn - I voted in the poll and I had to resort to "I hire someone" because my husband mows the lawn - and in a funny way I guess he is for hire here! haha! He does it in the afternoon - and I always say you should do it in the evening when it's cool. When I moved here - the neighbor woke me up mowing her lawn at 7am on Saturday morning! The evening would be welcome!!!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Becky,

      OMG, 6 a.m. Now that is way too early. Aren't there some kind of laws (or rules) about that? Seriously, that is way too early. And the emptying of the garbage dumpsters at 4 a.m. That's just crazy and SO LOUD. My neighbors would flip!

      Thank you so much for stopping by - go get some sleep now :)

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Hyph,

      I was done before 9 p.m. And I wouldn't do anything "loud" before 8 a.m. And I would NEVER mow in my bathing suit. The whole neighborhood would call the police! Thank you so much dear for stopping by - have a great evening!

      Sharyn

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      Becky 

      7 years ago

      I hate it when the mowers at the apartment complex I live in come at 6:00 am. I guess they enjoy waking all the babies and seniors, who finally got to sleep. My neighbor is always complaining that they woke her kids up again. My husband complains that they woke him up again. I complain when the dumpsters get emptied at 4:00am. I never can go back to sleep.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      As long as my neighbors mow before 9pm, I am fine with it. And with the summer heat, I understand when they get out at7am too. I am kind of a live and let live girl. I think you would have a multimillion dollar business if you mowed in your bathing suit!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cardisa,

      Yeah, they probably wouldn't like that either :) Maybe the manual mower is the way to go? ha, NOT.

      Thank you so much for stopping by - have a beautiful day!

      Sharyn

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Sharyn, when I started reading I was wondering how the neighbors would handle you cutting the lawn at dawn and alas, you said the same thing! Haha...they would really hate that!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Mar,

      Gee thanks! So glad you enjoyed this :) Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

      Sharyn

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      marellen 

      7 years ago

      I don't blame you Sharyn. If I had to mow, that's when I would do it. Love your poem....You go girl!!!!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello B.G.,

      Gosh that was quick. Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

      Sharyn

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      Binaya.Ghimire 

      7 years ago

      Amazingly beautiful.

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