An Incident with a Wheelbarrow

wheelbarrow full of rainwater

I thought we would be none the worse for a little lighthearted verse today.  Besides I needed to laugh at a rather frustrating incident a couple of days ago!  As you can guess from this, we have had a lot of rain lately.


I give you a photo of the same wheelbarrow last year when it was still a good deal cleaner and we had also had a lot of rain!

An Incident with a Wheelbarrow

The mud was deep and sloppy,

And my steps were short and choppy

As I tugged my small jalopy

Through the mud.


My feet got in a muddle,

And I tumbled in a puddle,

And I sat up in a huddle

In the mud.


I gave a mighty, “Blat!”

Which you cannot wonder at

Since it soaked me where I sat

In the mud.


It soaked me to the marrow.

I suspect a smirking sparrow

As I tugged the loathsome barrow

From the mud.


Half its contents were unloaded

And my patience was much goaded,

But I scooped the muck exploded

From the mud.


Yes, I pushed that load unpowered

While I simmered and I glowered;

Then I went inside and showered

Off the mud!


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Comments: 10
  • #1

    Derek Grant (Tuesday, 24 March 2020 14:47)

    A small but humiliating disaster now wonderfully immortalized in poetry.

  • #2

    Amy@small sunny garden (Tuesday, 24 March 2020 15:27)

    Thanks a million, Derek! I went flat on my back, but it's certainly the kind of thing that makes a good laugh afterwards!

  • #3

    Diana Studer (Tuesday, 24 March 2020 17:05)

    A soft landing at least?

  • #4

    Amy@small sunny garden (Tuesday, 24 March 2020 17:29)

    Very soft indeed, Diana! At least for me; it seems to have done for my phone, which was in my back pocket. Either the fall or the attempt to clean up the phone afterwards!

  • #5

    Jane (Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14:38)

    A clever poem, Amy, perfect in its rhythm and rhyme.

  • #6

    Kris P (Wednesday, 25 March 2020 21:07)

    Well done, Amy! I refer to the poem, not the mishap.

  • #7

    Amy@small sunny garden (Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:28)

    Ha, thank you, Jane! :) Best to make something fun out of it, and I do love rhyming!

  • #8

    Amy@small sunny garden (Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:30)

    Thank you, Kris! I did the fall quite well too - the most spectacularly silly tumble I have taken in a long time lol!

  • #9

    Cathy (Friday, 27 March 2020 05:17)

    LOL! Now you have preserved this lovely moment in poetry for eternity! Thanks for sharing Amy, and mind how you go! ���

  • #10

    Amy@small sunny garden (Friday, 27 March 2020 09:09)

    I've been stepping very carefully, Cathy! ;-) It seems like I always do end up living on clay soil, but this particular clay beats the rest for being sticky and trippy. It will grab my wellies as I start to step forward and just tip me one way or another...