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Love and Lumber
« on: November 07, 2020, 08:33:51 PM »
My father
with hammer, saw and nails
built a house for his family.

His calloused fingers
served vinyl-coated sinkers
from a leather bag
to the heavy hammer
stitching studs to sheathing
in the tree-covered hills of Tennessee.

My father never taught me
how to hammer nails with words.

It was watching him that taught me
how to make a house a home
by joining love and lumber
with a hammer of my own
and the certainty
I learned from him.
Words go together in zillions of ways--some ways go shallow and some ways go deep. ~ James Dickey


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Re: Love and Lumber
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2020, 05:38:13 PM »
I like this.  Children learn a lot by watching.  Not just the outward physical stuff but they pick up, by osmosis, why their Mum or Dad does things.