Tools

1. The Adze

I’ve never been a mathematician
physicist or statistician
but, as a carpenter who aspires
to be a word magician,
I can fill you in on certain facz
such as the irrational condition
in which, at least from Mesolithic times,
the framer’s friend, the adze, subtracz

2. The Hammer

A hammer’s not a thing of glamor
unless you feel its weight
.
when you grip an Estwing’s shank
and swing it up to bring it down
to drive a nail into a plank
you realize its simple grace:
its elegant utility as whammer
.
and if your nail’s a driven flaw
you always have its graceful claw
to  dis-articulate your curse and stammer

3. The Spirit Level

A spirit level’s used to set things straight
with the plane of the horizon as in a beam
or plumb as with a stud to make sure
structure’s right by spirit
.
you breathe deep and easy and hold the level
so the spirit bubble floats in the small arc of a glass flask
dead center which if placed upon a joist would say,
this floor is level
.
………………..
being on the level
good way to be
.
Jim Culleny
3/13/19

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