The dansa is an Occitan verse form i.e. it's from the troubadour territory of southern France. All the verses except the first are the same: they rhyme aabb with the last line a repeated refrain. The first verse has five lines, and consists of the refrain followed by four lines similar to all the other verses. No particular metre is essential, but Skelton says six-syllable lines are common in Occitan verse, so that's what I used.

A Load of Rot
Mulching is the future!
Let those clippings lie there,
Proving how much you care.
For lawns needing nurture,
Mulching is the future.

Donít clear up that cut grass!
Lie down; let the urge pass.
Be at one with nature -
Mulching is the future.

You need no-oneís pardon;
This is your own garden.
For your private pasture,
Mulching is the future.

Your leisure is well-earned.
Relax; donít be concerned.
Look, see the big picture:
Mulching is the future.

What you leave will decay.
It will provide one day
Nutrients and moisture.
Mulching is the future.

Donít get up; better far
To stay right where you are.
As with any creature,
Mulching is your future.

I saw a lawnmower on sale with the slogan "Mulching is the future". I found it a catchy slogan but a depressing thought. Still, there had to be a poem in it... It was just a question of finding a suitable verse form. I think the dansa was a fair choice.

I cheated slightly by altering one word in the final repetition of the refrain.  Poetic licence.

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