I try to keep an appearance
of a well-manicured lawn

but my moles keep showing up
hungry, silently heaving sod.

And I gotta lot of them
so I never leave the yard

stomping the heaves
so they don’t kill the grass.

My wife thinks I’m crazy
and wrecking our relationship.

I go see a mole specialist,
that helps.

They teach me how to
catch and release.

That’s what I do now
releasing them in the wooded park

just a short walk down the road.
Sometimes I go to visit too.

I still get moles
but it’s manageable.

I can leave the yard
and just check for activity when back.

My wife doesn’t talk about the
relationship thing anymore either.

Selected byLawrence George
Image credit:Valentina Locatelli

Thomas J Strong Bio

I was born in St. Paul, Mn the oldest boy of ten children. I attended St. Marks grade school and St.Paul Central high school. After high school I tried attending college (3 times) but dropped out and spent 4-5 years traveling. I finally graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS-Chemical Engineering in 1981, got married and spent the next 35 years working and raising a family. I retired in 2017 and am working full time pursuing my muses.