Tales We Tell Ourselves

1. Another Kind of Wealth

My prime was spent in sweat

lifting joists and studs
and sheets of ply

to second floors and roofs
lugging gypsum sheets
from there to there
building bones and musculature
of arms and legs and heart
through years,
through  dust to dust,
a carpenter
in steel toed boots

Besides the bucks
I made in that

and managed
not to keep

I earned another kind of wealth:
my body stored
in blood and meat

the stuff that keeps
me now in health

(best things
don’t come

Jim Culleny