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In every woodworker beats the heart of a poet. Read on and see if you agree...
Reader Steve Butler found himself visited by The Muse last week, and he sent us the result – an ode to the cabinetmaker. Enjoy!
AWAKEN THE WOOD A cabinetmaker’s hands move over the wood Checking to see if the pattern is good. Making sure that the grain lines up as it should The cabinetmaker’s hands move over the wood. The design in his head had troubled his brain But he smiled as he worked when each answer came Passing wood through his saw he reached for his plane Joining the corners and squaring the frame Fitting a drawer ’til it’s trim and it’s true And easily glides before he gets through Or adjusting a hinge to give it its due Restoring the work or making it new Beauty and strength of wood are his trade As it pleases the eye in the things that he’s made Taking pride in his tools when honing each blade Clearing his bench where they’re carefully laid His shop smells of oak, cherry and pine Waxes and oils his pieces refined Bringing to life things well designed Withstanding the test of the passage of time The beauty inside is released as he sands The man seems to know what his heart understands With his eye for proportion and the skill it demands He passes his spirit through the tools in his hands A tree in the forest asleep as it stood ‘Til the cabinetmaker’s hands awakened the wood.
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lovely and very true.
Very enjoyable and very well crafted.
(Alfred) Joyce Kilmer would have approved!
No truer words could be said so well. Thanks for sharing!
What a great poem Steve,thanks for sharing with us. (:^0)
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