Spirit Level

Spirit Level
I’ve been a carpenter most of my life
and so have had occasion to use
what used to be called a spirit-level
but which today we call a level
–ditching spirit for the sake of efficiency
baby-with-bath-water-like as we
often do well past what’s necessary

but the hole heaps up

this level is 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
………………………
…………………………..

by Jim Culleny
Feb 17   2010

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